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Outside in the Teaching Machine

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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 20th 1993 by Routledge
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Jared Colley
May 15, 2007 Jared Colley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Foucault, Postcolonialism, Literary/Critical Theory
I have always struggled with Spivak's work. Her post-deconstructionist tendencies towards skepticism and obscurantism both frustrate and challenge me as a thinker. Writers like Spivak - by the very method of their presentation -seem to repeatedly face certain inevitable contradictions and obstacles that doom their very criticisms to inefficacy. Terry Eagleton articulates this well when he writes:

"Post-colonial theory makes heavy weather of a respect for the Other, but its most immediate Other,
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Luis
Mar 12, 2013 Luis rated it it was amazing
I could hardly spot a reason, but this is my favorite Spivak book. Maybe it is the style, often personal, far from academic writing. Maybe it is the themes, a good deal of post-colonial and post-structuralist criticism. Maybe it is just because the questions it brings about, but it has actually captured my mind since I first read it in 2008.
Yvonne
Oct 05, 2008 Yvonne is currently reading it
I just picked this up last night. I was really intrigued by her foreword, she describes the first chapter in the book as showing "the shift in my work from a 'strategic use of essentialism' to considerations of institutional agency that accompanied the explosion." She professes to not have been aware of her own use of strategic essentialism.

This book promises to think through that shift from (anti-) essentialism to agency.

I'm looking forward to reading this.
Jessica Bebenek
Sep 23, 2012 Jessica Bebenek rated it it was ok
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I only read chapter 9 (The Politics of Translation), but it was interesting and written in a surprisingly accessible tone for an academic book. More of a feminist interpretation than I had anticipated, but that seems to be the overall tone.
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is an Indian philosopher who is known for her English translation of Jacque Derrida's seminal work "Of Grammatology", and her own philosophical writings on the postcolonial condition that introduced the term "subaltern" into the philosophical lexicon.
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