An aesthetic education in the era of globalization.

By: Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, MA. : Harvard University Press, 2012Description: xvi, 607 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780674051836.Subject(s): Philosophy and Psychology | Culture and globalization-Philosophy | Literature-Study and teaching-Philosophy | Aesthetics-Study and teaching-PhilosophyDDC classification: 111SPI
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<p>During the past twenty years, the worldâe(tm)s most renowned critical theoristâe"the scholar who defined the field of postcolonial studiesâe"has experienced a radical reorientation in her thinking. Finding the neat polarities of tradition and modernity, colonial and postcolonial, no longer sufficient for interpreting the globalized present, she turns elsewhere to make her central argument: that aesthetic education is the last available instrument for implementing global justice and democracy.</p> <p>Spivakâe(tm)s unwillingness to sacrifice the ethical in the name of the aesthetic, or to sacrifice the aesthetic in grappling with the political, makes her task formidable. As she wrestles with these fraught relationships, she rewrites Friedrich Schillerâe(tm)s concept of play as double bind, reading Gregory Bateson with Gramsci as she negotiates Immanuel Kant, while in dialogue with her teacher Paul de Man. Among the concerns Spivak addresses is this: Are we ready to forfeit the wealth of the worldâe(tm)s languages in the name of global communication? âeoeEven a good globalization (the failed dream of socialism) requires the uniformity which the diversity of mother-tongues must challenge,âe#157; Spivak writes. âeoeThe tower of Babel is our refuge.âe#157;</p> <p>In essays on theory, translation, Marxism, gender, and world literature, and on writers such as Assia Djebar, J. M. Coetzee, and Rabindranath Tagore, Spivak argues for the social urgency of the humanities and renews the case for literary studies, imprisoned in the corporate university. âeoePerhaps,âe#157; she writes, âeoethe literary can still do something.âe#157;</p>

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 The Burden of English (p. 35)
  • 2 Who Claims Alterity? (p. 57)
  • 3 How to Read a "Culturally Different" Book (p. 73)
  • 4 The Double Bind Starts to Kick In (p. 97)
  • 5 Culture: Situating Feminism (p. 119)
  • 6 Teaching for the Times (p. 137)
  • 7 Acting Bits/Identity Talk (p. 158)
  • 8 Supplementing Marxism (p. 182)
  • 9 What's Left of Theory? (p. 191)
  • 10 Echo (p. 218)
  • 11 Translation as Culture (p. 241)
  • 12 Translating into English (p. 256)
  • 13 Nationalism and the Imagination (p. 275)
  • 14 Resident Alien (p. 301)
  • 15 Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching (p. 316)
  • 16 Imperative to Re-imagine the Planet (p. 335)
  • 17 Reading with Stuart Hall in "Pure" Literary Terms (p. 351)
  • 18 Terror: A Speech after 9/11 (p. 372)
  • 19 Harlem (p. 399)
  • 20 Scattered Speculations on the Subaltern and the Popular (p. 429)
  • 21 World Systems and the Creole (p. 443)
  • 22 The Stakes of a World Literature (p. 455)
  • 23 Rethinking Comparativism (p. 467)
  • 24 Sign and Trace (p. 484)
  • 25 Tracing the Skin of Day (p. 500)
  • Notes (p. 509)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 591)
  • Index (p. 595)

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This book comprises a substantial introduction and 25 essays. Many have been published in the US, the UK, or less accessibly, India; others were delivered as lectures over the past 23 years. Many are not easily accessible, so to collect them in this substantial volume makes sense. Spivak (Columbia) is one of the most creative and influential scholars of the humanities of the past four decades; this volume shows the range and variety of her interests in topics ranging from Jacques Derrida, postcolonial studies, women in the Global South, migration in a global (arguably "planetary") era, translation, and aesthetic education. These issues have mattered and will continue to matter, despite the unchecked centrifugality of Spivak's prose. She brings a profound knowledge of literary and cultural theory to her studies of "culture on the run, the vanishing present." Some of the essays here are classics, others will become so. Some (like "The Stakes of a World Literature," "Imperative to Re-imagine the Planet," "Rethinking Comparativism") gather strength and intellectual momentum from their co-presence in this volume; others ("Acting Bits/Identity Talk," "The Double Bind Starts to Kick In") point to important ideas she has elsewhere seeded into several autonomous contemporary discourses of criticism. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students, researchers. K. Tololyan Wesleyan University