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Gayatri C. Spivak

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Title University Professor
Department English-Compar Lit
Email gcs4@columbia.edu
Phone +1 212 851 0231
Address 602 Philosophy Hall
Mail Code: 4927
United States

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor, the highest honor given to a handful of professors across the university, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.

B.A. English (First Class Honors), Presidency College, Calcutta, 1959. Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 1967. D. Litt, University of Toronto, 1999; D. Litt, Univeristy of London, 2003; D. Hum, Oberlin College, 2008; D. honoris causa, Universitat Roveri I Virgili, 2011.

Fields: feminism, marxism, deconstruction, globalization.


Myself Must I Remake: The Life and Poetry of W. B. Yeats (1974)

Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida, De la grammatologie, 1976)

In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987; Routledge Classic 2002)

Selected Subaltern Studies (ed., 1988)

The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues (1990)

Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993; 2d ed forthcoming)

Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993; Routledge classic 2003)

Imaginary Maps (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1994)

The Spivak Reader (1995)

Breast Stories (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1997)

Old Women (translation with critical introduction of two stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1999)

Imperatives to Re-Imagine the Planet / Imperative zur Neuerfindung des Planeten (ed. Willi Goetschel, 1999; 2d ed. forthcoming)

A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999)

Song for Kali: A Cycle (translation with introduction of Ramproshad Sen, 2000)

Chotti Munda and His Arrow (translation with critical introduction of a novel by Mahasweta Devi, 2002)

Death of a Discipline (2003)

Other Asias (2005)

An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (forthcoming)

Significant articles: "Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography" (1985), "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism" (1985), "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (1988), "The Politics of Translation" (1992), "Moving Devi" (1999), "Righting Wrongs" (2003), "Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching" (2004), "Translating into English" (2005), "Rethinking Comparativism" (2010).

Activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986.