Selected Subaltern Studies / Edition 1

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This provocative volume presents the most wide-ranging essays from the first five volumes of Subaltern Studies, along with an introductory essay by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak—the translator of Derrida's Of Grammatology into English—and a foreword by eminent critic Edward W. Said. Addressed to students and scholars throughout the humanities, these essays address what Antonio Gramsci—the founder of the Italian communist party—called the subaltern classes, reexamining well-known historical and political events, such as Gandhi's role in India, from a Marxist perspective. Together, the essays examine aspects of the analysis of domination, with special reference to the critique of imperialism, in an attempt to rectify the elitist bias characteristic of much academic work on India. A ground-breaking work of considerable pedagogical relevance for courses dealing with colonialism and imperialism in literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, and history, Subaltern Studies also features a comprehensive glossary of Indian terms for readers not familiar with Indian history.

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"A most useful collection that makes representative articles from this very influential series readily available for class use."—A.T. Embree, Columbia University

"Excellent when teaching the colonial period in Indian history."—Darius Cooper, San Diego Mesa College

"Especially welcome....Will serve the admirable purpose of introducing American students—who are often unfamiliar with this way of looking at history from the bottom upwards!—to an important body of recent research."—Gavin R.G. Hambly, University of Texas at Dallas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195052893
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Australian National University

University of Pittsburgh

Columbia University

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Edward Said
Editor's Note, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Preface, Ranajit Guha (Vol. I)
On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India, Ranajit Guha (Vol. I)
The Prose of Counter-Insurgence, Ranajit Guha (Vol. II)
Encounters and Calamities, Pandey (Vol. III)
Four Rebels of Eighteen-Fifty-Seven, Bhadra (Vol. IV)
Conditions for Knowledge of Working-Class Conditions, Chakrabarty (Vol. II)
Peasant Revolt and Indian Nationalism, Pandey (Vol. I)
Gandhi as Mahatma, Amin (Vol. III)
More on Modes of Power, Chatterjee (Vol. II)
Touching the Body: Perspectives on the Indian Plague, Arnold (Vol. V)

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