Death of a Discipline

ISBN-10: 0231129459
ISBN-13: 9780231129459
Edition: 2005
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

For almost three decades, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been ignoring the standardized "rules" of the academy and trespassing across disciplinary boundaries. Today she remains one of the foremost figures in the study of world literature and its cultural consequences. In this new book she declares the death of comparative literature as we know it and sounds an urgent call for a "new comparative literature," in which the discipline is given new life -one that is not appropriated and determined by the market. In the era of globalization, when mammoth projects of world literature in translation are being undertaken in the United States, how can we protect the multiplicity of languages and literatures at the university? Spivak demonstrates how critics interested in social justice should pay close attention to literary form and offers new interpretations of classics such as Joseph Conrads "Heart of Darkness" and Virginia Woolfs "A Room of Ones Own." Through close readings of texts not only in English, French, and German but also in Arabic and Bengali, Spivak practices what she preaches. Acclaim for Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and her work: "[Spivak] pioneered the study in literary theory of non-Western women." -Edward W. Said "She has probably done more long-term political good, in pioneering feminist and post-colonial studies within global academia, than almost any of her theoretical colleagues." -Terry Eagleton "A celebrity in academia . . . create[s] a stir wherever she goes." -"The New York Times"

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivakis university professor in the humanities at Columbia University and the author of many books, including The Post-Colonial Critic, Nationalism and the Imagination and, with Judith Butler, Who Sings the Nation-State?, the last two also published by Seagull Books.

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