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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (July 28 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674177649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674177642
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson on Jan. 26 2002
Format: Paperback
Spivak works in the interstices to tease out what has been left out in ideas, in cultures, in histories, in language.
Many people apparently are maddened by her methods because there is no easy "method" to be extracted from her work. Her style is an antithesis to traditional "methods". The only real tool a theorist or critic has is intelligence and that quality is not easily described and perhaps not directly transmittable, especially when the kind of intelligence in question has no precedent and must thus inscribe itself into the language for the first time.
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This is book is often silly and almost always self-righteous in academe's usual way, but there are valuable and engaging, if not entirely original, ideas here about feminism and economic inequity. For Marxism and the contemporary relations of affluent West vs. impoverished (and largely female) populations, there are much better books available; the author is of course a prominent academic star, but if you are genuinely concerned about the plight of those left out of Western prosperity and hegemony, there are intelligent studies by Cornel West and other brilliant thinkers.
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Spivak's latest full length book includes new work on Derrida and deconstruction, culture studies, rhetoric, and history. Its discussion of colonialism, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism are valuable additions to the field of 'postcolonial theory'.
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By A Customer on July 28 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is about 400 pages too long. Postcolonialism and Cultural Studies approaches to problems deserve a better advertisement than this costly bit of charlatanry.
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