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Classical Reception Seminar Series

Prof. Phiroze Vasunia (UCL): "Can the Subaltern speak?"
When Jan 29, 2015
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where Room G.21, Faculty of Classics
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Few essays in postcolonial studies have been more influential than Gayatri Spivak's "Can the subaltern speak?" The essay is much cited and the term "subaltern" is often used casually by scholars, often as a synonym for marginal or oppressed. The problem of _sati_, which is raised by Spivak, has also been much discussed. But what exactly does Spivak mean by the term "subaltern"?  What does she have to say about the issue of representation? And what role does antiquity (Indian, Greek, Roman) play in the analysis of _sati_? These are some of the questions that will be explored in the paper.

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