Gayatri Spivak: Ethics, Subalternity and the Critique of Postcolonial Reason

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Polity, Feb 12, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 199 pages
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivaks seminal contribution to contemporary thought defies disciplinary boundaries. From her early translations of Derrida to her subsequent engagement with Marxism, feminism and postcolonial studies and her recent work on human rights, the war on terror and globalization, she has proved to be one of the most vital of present-day thinkers.

In this book Stephen Morton offers a wide-ranging introduction to and critique of Spivaks work. He examines her engagements with philosophers and other thinkers from Kant to Paul de Man, feminists from Cixous to Helie-Lucas and literary texts by Charlotte Bronte, J. M. Coetzee, Mahasweta Devi and Jean Rhys. Spivaks thought is also situated in relation to subaltern studies. Throughout the book, Morton interrogates the materialist basis of Spivaks thought and demonstrates the ethical and political commitment which lies at the heart of her work.

Stephen Morton provides an ideal introduction to the work of this complex and increasingly important thinker.

 

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Contents

1 Postcolonial Criticism and Beyond
15
2 Deconstruction
42
3 Marxism and PostMarxism
70
4 Subaltern Studies and the Critique of Representation
95
5 Transnational Feminism
124
6 From a Postcolonial Critique of Reason to A Critique of Postcolonial Reason
140
Transnational Literacy Subaltern Rights and the Future of Comparative Literature
160
Notes
174
References
184
Index
196
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Stephen Morton is a lecturer in English Literature at the Univesity of Southampton

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