Gayatri Spivak: ethics, subalternity and the critique of postcolonial reason

Morton, Stephen (2007) Gayatri Spivak: ethics, subalternity and the critique of postcolonial reason, Cambridge, UK, Polity, 216pp. (Key Contemporary Thinkers).


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This study offers an advanced and sustained analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s thought. In particular, it traces the ethical dimension of Spivak’s thought in and through her persistent critique of Marxism, feminism, deconstruction and postcolonial studies. In so doing, the book seeks to argue that what underpins Spivak’s essays and interventions is a political commitment to achieve what she calls a relation of ethical singularity with the subaltern. The book offers a concise and authoritative introduction to the work of this increasingly important thinker; it is written by an author with an established reputation as a critic and interpreter of Spivak's work; it provides an in-depth analysis of Spivak's relationship to postcolonialism, feminism, Marxism, and subaltern studies; it deals with the complete trajectory of Spivak's writing, from her early translations of Derrida, to her recent contributions to debates on human rights, terrorism and globalization; and it addresses some of Spivak's most recent writings.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 074563284 (hardback)
0745632858 (paperback)
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 47999
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2007Published
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:24

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