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A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present

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Are the "culture wars" over? When did they begin? What is their relationship to gender struggle and the dynamics of class? In her first full treatment of postcolonial studies, a field that she helped define, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, one of the world's foremost literary theorists, poses these questions from within the postcolonial enclave.

"We cannot merely continue to act out the part of Caliban," Spivak writes; and her book is an attempt to understand and describe a more responsible role for the postcolonial critic. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason tracks the figure of the "native informant" through various cultural practices--philosophy, history, literature--to suggest that it emerges as the metropolitan hybrid. The book addresses feminists, philosophers, critics, and interventionist intellectuals, as they unite and divide. It ranges from Kant's analytic of the sublime to child labor in Bangladesh. Throughout, the notion of a Third World interloper as the pure victim of a colonialist oppressor emerges as sharply suspect: the mud we sling at certain seemingly overbearing ancestors such as Marx and Kant may be the very ground we stand on.

A major critical work, Spivak's book redefines and repositions the postcolonial critic, leading her through transnational cultural studies into considerations of globality.

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Are the "culture wars" over? What is their relationship to gender struggle and the dynamics of class? Gayatari Spivak poses these questions and attempts to understand and describe a more responsible role for the postcolonial critic, tracking the figure of the "native informant".

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through transnational cultural studies into considerations of globality.

About the Author

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Philosophy
  • 2. Literature
  • 3. History
  • 4. Culture
  • Appendix: The Setting to Work of Deconstruction
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674177642
Author:
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy, modern
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Feminist criticism
Subject:
Postcolonialism
Subject:
Politics and culture
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line illustration
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23 oz

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