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Harlem

Harlem

by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
     
 

W. E. B. Du Bois has described the African American at the end of the nineteenth century as “two souls in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” In the United States today, the hyphen between these two souls—African and American, African-American—is still being negotiated.
 
In Harlem,

Overview

W. E. B. Du Bois has described the African American at the end of the nineteenth century as “two souls in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” In the United States today, the hyphen between these two souls—African and American, African-American—is still being negotiated.
 
In Harlem, Spivak engages with thirty-four photographs by photographer Alice Attie as she attempts teleopoiesis, a reaching toward the distant other through the empathetic power of the imagination. In the hands of Spivak, teleopoiesis is a kind of identity politics in which one disrupts identity as a result of migration or exile. For the last two decades, Spivak notes, Harlem has been the focus of major economic development. As the old Harlem disappears into a present that simultaneously demands and rejects a cultural essence, Spivak dwells in Attie’s images, trying to navigate some middle ground between the rock of social history and the hard place of a seamless culture.

 

“Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has probably done more long-term political good in pioneering feminist and postcolonial studies within global academia than almost any of her theoretical colleagues.”—Terry Eagleton
 
“Not only does her world-renowned scholarship range widely from critiques of post-colonial discourse to feminism, Marxism, and globalization; her lifelong search for fresh insights and understanding has transcended the traditional boundaries of discipline while retaining the fire for new knowledge that is the hallmark of a great intellect.”—Lee Bollinger, Columbia University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857420848
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Publication date:
01/15/2013
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the author of many books, including The Post-Colonial Critic, Nationalism and the Imagination and, with Judith Butler, Who Sings the Nation-State?, the last two also published by Seagull Books. Alice Attie is an artist and a writer. Her book, Harlem on the Verge, documenting the transformations of Harlem, New York, was published in 2001.

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