Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

By Stephen Morton

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2002 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak offers an overtly political challenge to the way we think about literature and culture. As she highlights the many legacies of colonialism, she re-defines the ethical horizons of contemporary critical thought. This volume focuses on her key theoretical concepts, intellectual context and critical reception, providing an accessible introduction to one of the most important thinkers of our time.

Stephen Morton introduces Spivak's crucial work through an analysis of such issues as:

* methodology and Spivak's 'difficult' style

* deconstructive strategies

* third world women, the concept of the 'subaltern' and the critique of western feminism

* re-reading Marx for the global capitalist era

* Spivak's contribution to colonial discourse studies and postcolonial theory.

Having examined the ways in which Spivak has transformed contemporary cultural theory, and in particular feminist and postcolonial thought, Morton concludes with a guide to reading Spivak's work and that of her critics. Essential for students of literature or cultural studies, this volume is the ideal companion for a first encounter with Spivak's remarkable texts.


'This is a provocative book of fundamental significance.' - Transaction

'Marcuse shows himself to be one of the most radical and forceful thinkers of his time.' - The Nation

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Why Spivak? Key Ideas 1. Theory, Politics and the Question of Style 2. Setting Deconstruction to Work 3. Learning from the Subaltern 4. Third World Women and Western Feminist Thought 5. Materialism and Value 6. Colonialism, Postcolonialism and the Literary Text After Spivak Further Reading

About the Author/Editor

Stephen Morton is Lecturer in English at Tampere University, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory