Selected Subaltern Studies

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Ranajit Guha, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
OUP USA, 1988 - Business & Economics - 434 pages
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This provocative volume presents the most wide-ranging essays from the first five volumes of Subaltern Studies, along with an introductory essay by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak--the translator of Derrida's Of Grammatology into English--and a foreword by eminent critic Edward W. Said. Addressed to students and scholars throughout the humanities, these essays address what Antonio Gramsci--the founder of the Italian communist party--called the subaltern classes, reexamining well-known historical and political events, such as Gandhi's role in India, from a Marxist perspective. Together, the essays examine aspects of the analysis of domination, with special reference to the critique of imperialism, in an attempt to rectify the elitist bias characteristic of much academic work on India. A ground-breaking work of considerable pedagogical relevance for courses dealing with colonialism and imperialism in literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, and history, Subaltern Studies also features a comprehensive glossary of Indian terms for readers not familiar with Indian history.

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The History of the Subaltern is always the records of oppression and exploitation. It may be one of the most unfortunate factors that we have still not succeeded in bringing them towards the main stream eventhough there are a lot of efforts for that. The book 'Selected Subaltern Studies' penned by Ranajit Guha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak throws light on the historical aspects of the subaltern studies right from its origin and development. The very word Subaltern has got a lot of significances and the writers have made an attempt to trace the reasons and causes for their plight.  


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Ranajit Guha is at Australian National University. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is at University of Pittsburgh. Edward Said is at Columbia University.