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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Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg, Harvard
"Gayatri Spivak’s refusal to settle for the quick fix, the
empty piety, the mere abstract calculus, or the language of
expediency has never appeared more salutary than it does today. As
violence counters violence in the name of moral righteousness, this
lucid book, like Spivak’s own critique of postcolonial
studies, is a timely reminder of the complicity between imagined
liberal benevolence and the ruthless pursuit of global hegemony at
any cost. If one slogan emerges from Stephen Morton’s
analysis it is the ever more pressing need to 'learn to learn from
the subaltern'. This is a task requiring patience and the learning
of subaltern languages as 'active cultural media', not as mere
instruments. Never has comparative literary and cultural studies
beckoned so urgently."
Donna Landry, University of Kent at Canterbury