Gayatri Spivak and the Subaltern

I recently watched this interesting video of a keynote speech given by Gayatri Spivak about the trajectory of the subaltern in her work. Gayatri Spivak is most well known for her article “Can the Subaltern Speak?”, considered a founding work in postcolonial studies.  She is also well known for her translation of Derrida’s Of Grammatology.  … Continue reading

On Orientalism

My class has delved into discussions of postcolonialism, racism, and oppression of indigenous and minority groups.  As part of our research and discussion we have been watching a number of videos, including the ones below.  Edward Said was a Palestinian-American literary theorist, a founding member of postcolonism, and the author of several books.  He is … Continue reading