Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization

ISBN-10: 0674072383

ISBN-13: 9780674072381

Edition: 2012

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During the past twenty years, the world’s most renowned critical theorist—the scholar who defined the field of postcolonial studies—has experienced a radical reorientation in her thinking. Finding the neat polarities of tradition and modernity, colonial and postcolonial, no longer sufficient for interpreting the globalized present, she turns elsewhere to make her central argument: that aesthetic education is the last available instrument for implementing global justice and democracy.Spivak’s unwillingness to sacrifice the ethical in the name of the aesthetic, or to sacrifice the aesthetic in grappling with the political, makes her task formidable. As she wrestles with these fraught relationships, she rewrites Friedrich Schiller’s concept of play as double bind, reading Gregory Bateson with Gramsci as she negotiates Immanuel Kant, while in dialogue with her teacher Paul de Man. Among the concerns Spivak addresses is this: Are we ready to forfeit the wealth of the world’s languages in the name of global communication? “Even a good globalization (the failed dream of socialism) requires the uniformity which the diversity of mother-tongues must challenge,” Spivak writes. “The tower of Babel is our refuge.”In essays on theory, translation, Marxism, gender, and world literature, and on writers such as Assia Djebar, J. M. Coetzee, and Rabindranath Tagore, Spivak argues for the social urgency of the humanities and renews the case for literary studies, imprisoned in the corporate university. “Perhaps,” she writes, “the literary can still do something.”
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

Preface
Introduction
The Burden of English
Who Claims Alterity?
How to Read a "Culturally Different" Book
The Double Bind Starts to Kick In
Culture: Situating Feminism
Teaching for the Times
Acting Bits/Identity Talk
Supplementing Marxism
What's Left of Theory?
Echo
Translation as Culture
Translating into English
Nationalism and the Imagination
Resident Alien
Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching
Imperative to Re-imagine the Planet
Reading with Stuart Hall in "Pure" Literary Terms
Terror: A Speech after 9/11
Harlem
Scattered Speculations on the Subaltern and the Popular
World Systems and the Creole
The Stakes of a World Literature
Rethinking Comparativism
Sign and Trace
Tracing the Skin of Day
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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