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Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea Paperback – March 16, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0231143851 ISBN-10: 0231143850

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231143850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231143851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can the Subaltern Speak? is one of those extremely rare essays that can truly be said to be deserving of a book-length consideration. Challenging, rich, dense, and virtuosic in its range of reference, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's essay is one of the most widely read and cited in the canon of postcolonial theory.

(Brent Edwards, Columbia University)

About the Author

Rosalind C. Morris is professor of anthropology and former associate director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. A scholar of both mainland Southeast Asia and South Africa, she has published widely on topics concerning the politics of representation, the relationship between violence and value, gender and sexuality, the mass media, and the changing forms of modernity in the global south. Her most recent book is Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia. She is also the author of In the Place of Origins: Modernity and Its Mediums in Northern Thailand and New Worlds from Fragments: Film, Ethnography, and the Representation of Northwest Coast Cultures.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Miller aka Laughing Scholar on February 3, 2014
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This book is very much geared toward Spivak's original article, "Can the Subaltern Speak?" It has a helpful updated version of the article by Spivak - edited - along with the original printed version in the back. The follow-up articles are insightfully geared toward where the area of Subaltern Studies has gone since the publication of Spivak's work.
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