Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (India, 1942) is University Professor, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She received her B.A. in English (First Class Honors) from Presidency College, Calcutta, 1959 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, 1967. She is a critical theorist whose work has been particularly influential in the field of post-colonialism, which she is often said to have pioneered. An activist and educator, she is involved in international women’s movements and issues related to organic farming. She has been deeply involved in rural education in Asia for almost two decades. She sits on the editorial board of many journals, including Cultural Critique, boundary 2. New Formations, Diaspora, ARIEL, Re-thinking Marxism, Public Culture, Parallax, Interventions.

Main publications:

  • Con Judith Butler ¿Quién le canta al Estado-nación? Lenguaje, política, pertenencia, Buenos Aires, Paidós, 2009
  • Crítica de la razón poscolonial. Hacia una crítica del presente evanescente, Madrid, Akal, 2010
  • ¿Puede hablar el subalterno?, Buenos Aires, Editorial El cuenco de plata, 2011
  • Sobre la deconstrucción. Introducción a De la Gramatología de Derrida, Buenos Aires, Hilo Rojo, 2013