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Deconstruction and the PostcolonialAt the Limits of Theory$
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Michael Syrotinski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310560

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312922

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Spivak reading Derrida: an interesting exchange

Spivak reading Derrida: an interesting exchange

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(p.40) Chapter 3 Spivak reading Derrida: an interesting exchange
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Deconstruction and the Postcolonial
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312922.004

This chapter examines Gayatri Spivak's highly ambivalent relationship to deconstruction, and specifically her reading of Derrida's Specters of Marx. The discussion of Spivak's reading of Specters of Marx leads to larger questions about the political effectiveness of deconstructive thinking within colonial and postcolonial contexts, and in particular what Spivak sees as the two most significant limits of deconstruction, namely its inattention to contemporary forms of exploitation of subaltern women, and its inability to account for the realities and effects of globalization and multinational finance capital.

Keywords:   deconstruction, Specters of Marx, deconstructive thinking, subaltern women, globalization, multinational finance capital

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