Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (IPA: gaĕòttri t͡ʃɔkkròbòr(t)ti) (born 24 February 1942) is an Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic. She is a University Professor at Columbia University and a founding member of the establishment's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Considered one of the most influential postcolonial intellectuals, Spivak is best known for her essay "Can the Subaltern Speak?" and her translation of and introduction to Jacques Derrida's De la grammatologie. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has received more than 1,327,659 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is the 1,664th most popular writer (up from 1,765th in 2019), the 213th most popular biography from India (down from 210th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Indian Writer.

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Notable Works

In other worlds
Social Science
In this classic work, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, one of the leading and most influential cultural theorists working today, analyzes the relationship between language, women and culture in both Western and non-Western contexts. Developing an original integration of powerful contemporary methodologies – deconstruction, Marxism and feminism – Spivak turns this new model on major debates in the study of literature and culture, thus ensuring thatIn Other Worldshas become a valuable tool for studying our own and other worlds of culture.
Other Asias
In this major intervention into the 'Asian Century', Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak challenges the reader to re-think Asia, in its political and cultural complexity, in the global South and in the metropole. Major work from one of the world’s most distinguished literary and cultural theorists Intervenes in the fraught issues generated by ideas of Asia Featured essays include “Foucault and Najibullah,” “Moving Devi,” “Responsibility,” and “Megacity” Other chapters focus on, among other things, Human Rights, and the turbulent "present" of the Caucasus Essential reading for anyone interested in postcolonialism, and devotees of Spivak’s writing
Death of a Discipline (The Wellek Library Lectures)
Literary Criticism
In declaring the death of comparative literature as we know it Gayatri Spivak draws attention to the need for a 'new' comparative literature untainted, and not appropriated by, the infernal machinations of globalization and the so-called market.
An aesthetic education in the era of globalization
The world's most renowned critical theorist—who defined the field of postcolonial studies—has radically reoriented her thinking. Finding the neat polarities of tradition and modernity, colonial and postcolonial, no longer sufficient, she argues that aesthetic education is the last available instrument for implementing global justice and democracy.
Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Controversial, challenging and outspoken, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is one of the most visible and controversial cultural critics of our time. Her reputation was first made by her translation and preface to Jacques Derrida's ground-breaking work, Of Grammatology. She has since built a global reputation in feminist, marxist and literary criticism as well as post-colonialism, a reputation underpinned by her active involvement in the practical politics of women's empowerment, third world education and development debates. In these thought-provoking interviews and talks, we see her being provocative, playful, personal and accessible in a way that her complex, theoretical essays do not allow. The interviews collected here reflect the international character of her intellectual engagement with the ideas and the politics which are shaping our world.
Outside in the teaching machine
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is one of the most pre-eminent postcolonial theorists writing today and a scholar of genuinely global reputation. This collection, first published in 1993, presents some of Spivak’s most engaging essays on works of literature such as Salman Rushdie's controversial Satanic Verses, and twentieth century thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Karl Marx. Spivak relentlessly questions and deconstructs power structures where ever they operate. In doing so, she provides a voice for those who can not speak, proving that the true work of resistance takes place in the margins, Outside in the Teaching Machine.


Among writers, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak ranks 1,664 out of 7,302Before her are Anagarika Dharmapala, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Egon Kisch, Joseph Needham, Nina Berberova, and Walafrid Strabo. After her are Gampopa, Nicander, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Martin Opitz, Edward Lear, and Quintus Smyrnaeus.

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Among people born in 1942, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak ranks 156Before her are Daniel Revenu, Péter Nádas, Michel Kafando, Bill Conti, Rajesh Khanna, and Robert F. Engle. After her are Yasuyuki Kuwahara, Thomas Cavalier-Smith, Karen Uhlenbeck, Stefanie Powers, Giuseppe Bertello, and Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

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In India

Among people born in India, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak ranks 213 out of 1,861Before her are Morarji Desai (1896), Charan Singh (1902), Tarabai (1675), Rajesh Khanna (1942), Śāntarakṣita (725), and Khudiram Bose (1889). After her are Ibrahim Lodi (1450), Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907), Anna Leonowens (1831), Rajendra Chola I (1000), Anna Hazare (1937), and Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak ranks 35Before her are Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (1551), Mahadevi Varma (1907), Dnyaneshwar (1275), B. K. S. Iyengar (1918), Andal (800), and Kuvempu (1904). After her are Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907), Anna Leonowens (1831), Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876), Mir Taqi Mir (1723), Surdas (1478), and Abdul-Qādir Bedil (1642).