Death of a Discipline / Edition 1

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Overview

For almost three decades, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been ignoring the standardized "rules" of the academy and trespassing across disciplinary boundaries. Today she remains one of the foremost figures in the study of world literature and its cultural consequences. In this book she declares the death of comparative literature as we know it and sounds an urgent call for a "new comparative literature," in which the discipline is given new life - one that is not appropriated and determined by the market. Spivak envisions a comparative literature that respects linguistic diversity, the aesthetic power of literature, and the political consequences of reading and writing about the works of other cultures.
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Editorial Reviews

CLIO - John Mowitt
Death of a Discipline is certainly the most important, sustained statement about the discipline of Comparative Literature to have appeared in English since Charles Bernheimer's 1995 report.
SubStance - Roland Greene
One of the obligatory books of this decade for comparatists... One of the most passionate defenses... of Comparative Literature.
CLIO
Death of a Discipline is certainly the most important, sustained statement about the discipline of Comparative Literature to have appeared in English since Charles Bernheimer's 1995 report.

— John Mowitt

SubStance
One of the obligatory books of this decade for comparatists... One of the most passionate defenses... of Comparative Literature.

— Roland Greene

H-Gender-Mideast - Ferial J. Ghazoul
This thought-provoking slim book is written in an eclectic style... We have been on a planetary tour, which makes us rethink human collectivity across borders — thanks to Spivak.
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Death of a Discipline is a visionary text which can be considered one of the most cutting-edge theoretical works today.
H-Gender-Mideast
This thought-provoking slim book is written in an eclectic style... We have been on a planetary tour, which makes us rethink human collectivity across borders — thanks to Spivak.

— Ferial J. Ghazoul

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231129442
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Series: Wellek Library Lectures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She is the author of Myself I Must Remake; In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics; The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues; Outside in the Teaching Machine; and A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. She is the translator of Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology and Mahasweta Devi's Imaginary Maps, Breast Stories, Old Women, and Chotti Munda and his Arrow.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Crossing borders 1
Ch. 2 Collectivities 25
Ch. 3 Planetarity 71
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