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The Resource An analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the subaltern speak?, Graham K. Riach

An analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the subaltern speak?, Graham K. Riach

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An analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the subaltern speak?
Title
An analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the subaltern speak?
Statement of responsibility
Graham K. Riach
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A key theme of Gayatri Spivak's work is agency: the ability of the individual to make their own decisions. While Spivak's main aim is to consider ways in which "subalterns"--Her term for the indigenous dispossessed in colonial societies - were able to achieve agency, this paper concentrates specifically on describing the ways in which western scholars inadvertently reproduce hegemonic structures in their work. Spivak is herself a scholar, and she remains acutely aware of the difficulty and dangers of presuming to "speak" for the subalterns she writes about. As such, her work can be seen as predominantly a delicate exercise in the critical thinking skill of interpretation; she looks in detail at issues of meaning, specifically at the real meaning of the available evidence, and her paper is an attempt not only to highlight problems of definition, but to clarify them. What makes this one of the key works of interpretation in the Macat library is, of course, the underlying significance of this work. Interpretation, in this case, is a matter of the difference between allowing subalterns to speak for themselves, and of imposing a mode of "speaking" on them that - however well-intentioned - can be as damaging in the postcolonial world as the agency-stifling political structures of the colonial world itself. By clearing away the detritus of scholarly attempts at interpretation, Spivak takes a stand against a specifically intellectual form of oppression and marginalization."--Provided by publisher
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Riach, Graham,
Dewey number
301.092
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Macat Library
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty
  • Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty
  • Postcolonialism
  • Feminist theory
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An analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the subaltern speak?, Graham K. Riach
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 94-96)
Color
mixed
Control code
ocn993650029
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unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (96 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781912302895
Note
Taylor & Francis
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)993650029
Label
An analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the subaltern speak?, Graham K. Riach
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 94-96)
Color
mixed
Control code
ocn993650029
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (96 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781912302895
Note
Taylor & Francis
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)993650029

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