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By Sangeeta Ray

This booklet introduces and discusses the works of prime feminist postcolonialist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, through exploring the foremost thoughts and topics to emerge from them.

  • Focuses at the key subject matters to emerge from Spivak’s paintings, akin to ethics, literature, feminism, pedagogy, postcoloniality, violence, and war
  • Assesses Spivak’s frequently contentious courting with feminist and postcolonial studies
  • Considers the importance of her paintings for different fields, reminiscent of ethnography, heritage, cultural reviews and philosophy

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Does her citizenship and her expertise in Bengali make it locationist even as her status, as an academic expatriate, privileged elite subject, make her non-locationist? Is it equally impossible for Spivak to be responsible within the text of a tribal character because of the lack of an adequate psychobiography? The answer would have to be yes not in an absolute sense, but in terms of differential registers of both location and responsibility. 10 The move from Jane Eyre to Wide Sargasso Sea to Frankenstein, and finally to Devi’s novella, allows for not just provocative critical readings of the various worldings of the Third World, but also allows Spivak to reimagine the project of soul making.

Christophine is envisaged by Rhys as the guardian of the margin and is therefore allowed voice within the main text. She speaks from the margins to the center in the language of the center but then must withdraw, since such penetration of the center by the margins necessarily entails consequences of which Christophine is well aware. Such margin–center interactions are rendered impossible in Foe because Friday is not a guardian of the margins but a guardian at the margins. In other words, the marginal text is literalized in the loss of Friday’s tongue and this loss produces an itinerary of silencing that cannot be traced within the novel.

Friday is written as savage turned prototype of the successful colonial subject who replaces his arrow with a gun and is available to amuse his masters by playing the savage turned domesticated subject. Bertha Mason as Creole woman can only occupy a liminal space between human and animal even as Rhys writes her as fully human. Foe refuses both narratives. indd 46 1/28/2009 11:50:22 AM Reading Literature, Teaching Literature: Whither Soul Making? 47 but in crossing that space, Foe refuses to yield up a “native” voice, even a “native” voice of/in subalternity.

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