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In the Gaudy Supermarket

Terry Eagleton: Gayatri Spivak, 13 May 1999

A Critique of Post-Colonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present 
by Gayatri ChakravortySpivak.
Harvard, 448 pp., £30.95, June 1999, 0 674 17763 0
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... would be rather like calling oneself Fatso, or confessing to a furtive interest in coprophilia. Gayatri Spivak remarks with some justification in this book that a good deal of US post-colonial theory is ‘bogus’, but this gesture is de rigueur when it comes to one post-colonial critic writing about the rest. Besides, for a ‘Third World’ theorist ...

Das Nuffa Dat and BigGloria3

Elaine Showalter: Up and Down the Academic Ladder, 1 November 2001

Academic Instincts 
by Marjorie Garber.
Princeton, 187 pp., £11.95, February 2001, 9780691049700
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Postmodern Pooh 
by Frederick Crews.
North Point, 175 pp., $22, October 2001, 0 86547 626 8
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... at jargon, Dat also quotes the jargon of his real-life peers: We have so much to discuss! For, as Gayatri ChakravortySpivak has said so well, ‘The rememoration of the “present” as space is the possibility of the utopian imperative of no-(particular)-place, the metropolitan project that can supplement the ...

Self-Made Women

John Sutherland, 11 July 1991

The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present 
edited by Virginia Blain, Isobel Grundy and Patricia Clements.
Batsford, 1231 pp., £35, August 1990, 0 7134 5848 8
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The Presence of the Present: Topics of the Day in the Victorian Novel 
by Richard Altick.
Ohio State, 854 pp., $45, March 1991, 0 8142 0518 6
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... the editors are kind to their own – professors of literature. Q.D. Leavis, Carolyn Heilbrun and Gayatri ChakravortySpivak have whole entries to themselves and Margaret Doody’s Aristotle Detective is singled out for honourable mention in the entry on Detective Fiction. Luce Irigaray is in, but not Cecil Woodham ...

Diary

Sanjay Subrahmanyam: Another Booker Flop, 6 November 2008

... correct my English, Ashok. There’s no T in pizza. Look at the box.’ Some two decades ago, Gayatri ChakravortySpivak wrote a celebrated essay, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ At the time, a folklorist is said to have responded: ‘More importantly, can the bourgeois listen?’ We can’t hear Balram Halwai’s ...

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