Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.  Her fields of study span from the 19th- and 20th-century literature; politics of culture; feminism; Marx and Derrida; to globalization. Her most recent publications include the 2016 fortieth-anniversary edition of Jacques Derrida’s Of GrammatologyReadings (2014), and An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (2012).

Spivak has written numerous books and articles, including In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987; Routledge Classic 2002), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993; 2d ed forthcoming), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993; Routledge classic 2003), Imperatives to Re-Imagine the Planet / Imperative zur Neuerfindung des Planeten (ed. Willi Goetschel, 1999; 2d ed. forthcoming), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), Death of a Discipline (2003) and Other Asias (2005). She has translated and introduced several texts by Mahasweta Devi and Ramproshad Sen. Her book Du Bois and the General Strike is forthcoming.

Spivak has been an activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986.