In Other Worlds
Essays In Cultural Politics
Preface by the author
Routledge – 2006 – 440 pages
Series: Routledge Classics
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 that In Other Worlds has become a valuable tool for studying our own and other worlds of culture.
'A celebrity in academia . . . [Spivak] creates a stir wherever she goes.' - The New York Times
Foreword by Colin MacCabe. Author’s Note. One: Literature 1. The Letter as Cutting Edge 2. Finding Feminist Readings: Dante-Yeats 3. Unmaking and Making in To the Lighthouse 4. Sex and History in The Prelude (1805): Books Nine to Thirteen 5. Feminism and Critical Theory Two: Into the World 6. Reading the Worlds: Literary Studies in the Eighties 7. Explanation and Culture: Marginalia 8. The Politics of Interpretations 9. French Feminism in an International Frame 10. Scattered Speculations on the Questions of Value Three: Entering the Third World 11. "Draupadi" by Mahasweta Devi 12. Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography 13. "Breast-Giver" by Mahasweta Devi 14. A Literary Representation of the Subaltern: A Woman’s Text from the Third World. Notes
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, (b. 1942) Regarded to be one of the most important figureheads of postcolonial studies. Born in India, she is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York.