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Book Review: Gayatri Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 448 pp., £30.95 (hardback), £15.50 softback)

Mishra, V. (2000) Book Review: Gayatri Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 448 pp., £30.95 (hardback), £15.50 softback). Textual Practice, 14 (2). pp. 412-421.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502360050082668
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Abstract

There is, as everyone knows, a postcolonial triumvirate made up of Said, Spivak and Bhabha, although none of them had, until Spivak 19s most recent book (A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Downloaded by [Murdoch University Library] at 20:05 12 February 2013 Present), explicitly foregrounded the word 18postcolonial/postcolonialism 19 in the titles of their books. Still, it is inconceivable to think of the . eld without bearing Orientalism (1978) and, latterly, The Location of Culture (1994) in mind. Spivak has moved in and out of the field, providing practitioners with some key terms and archives: epistemic violence, subaltern, the Rani of Simur, Maheshwata Devi 19s writings and generally a consciousness about deconstructionist strategies. My purpose in this review is not a survey of the . eld, nor isolating the degrees of contribution made by all three (and their critics, of course). Rather I want to home in on Spivak 19s recent book 13 a book which has had a rather bad press culminating in Terry Eagleton 19s uncharacteristically trenchant review in the London Review of Books of 13 May 1999 13 by, initially, returning to a text that came into being at the high point of imperialism under the editorship of the formidable Dr Murray and the unpaid skills of mad doctors like W. C. Minor whose citation slips, let me add, were often made up of cuttings from what must now surely be considered to be vandalism of rare books.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Routledge
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13346
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