Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall
Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a literary theorist and co-founder of the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where she is holds rank of University Professor. Professor Spivak is best known for her essay “Can the Subaltern Speak?” (1988), which was a founding text of both postcolonial and subaltern studies; the 20th anniversary of the essay's publication occasioned a volume entitled Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea, in which eight scholars trace the impact of Spivak's groundbreaking essay.