Research interests19th and 20th Century Literature Marxism Feminism Deconstruction French General Theory Globalization and Postcolonial Political Theory and Critical Social Theory
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a university professor and founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. B. A. English (First Class Honors), Presidency College, Calcutta, 1959. Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 1967. D. Litt, University of Toronto, 1999; D. Litt, University of London, 2003; D. Hum, Oberlin College, 2008; D. Honoris Causa, Universitat Roveri I Virgili, 2011; D. Honoris Causa, Rabindra Bharati, 2012; Kyoto Prize for Thought and Ethics, 2012; Padma Bhushan 2013; D. Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, 2013; D. Litt, University of St. Andrews, 2014; D. Honoris Causa, Paris VIII, 2014; Presidential University, 2014; D. Hum, Yale University, 2015; D. Litt, University of Ghana-Legon, 2015; D. Honoris Causa, Universidad de Chile, 2016; Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award, Modern Language Association of America, 2018; Doctor Honoris Causa, Babes Bolyai University, 2021. Honorary Faculty, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Fields: The long 19theCentury (1789-1920) in British, French and German literary production; Cultural policy; Feminism; Marx, Derrida; Globalization.
Books: Myself Must I Remake: The Life and Poetry of WB Yeats (1974), Of Grammatology (translation with a critical introduction by Jacques Derrida, De la grammatologie, 1976), In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987; Routledge Classic 2002), Selected Subaltern Studies (Ed., 1988), The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues (1990), Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993; much emphasis), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993; Routledge classic .) 2003), Imaginary Maps (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1994), The Spivak Reader (1995), Breast Stories (translation with critical introduction of three stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1997), Old Women (translation.) with a critical introduction to two stories by Mahasweta Devi, 1999), Imperatives to Re-Imagine the Planet / Imperative to Reinvent the Planet (Ed. Willi Goetschel, 1999; 2nd edition in preparation), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: To wards a History of the V anishing Present (1999), Song for Kali: A Cycle (translation with introduction by Ramproshad Sen, 2000), Chotti Munda and His Arrow (translation with critical introduction of a novel by Mahasweta Devi, 2002), Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2005), An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (2012), Readings (2014), Walking with Du Bois (published from Harvard), Gramsci and the Schucht Sisters (first translation of Gramsci's conversation with wife and sister-mother-in-law from prison, with a critical afterword in collaboration with Ursula Apitzsch et al., published by Fordham.) Various publications of Marxist cultural theory in Bengali.
Important Articles: 'Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography' (1985), 'Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism' (1985), 'Can the Subaltern Speak?' (1988), 'The Politics of Translation' (1992), 'Moving Devi' ( 1999), 'Righting Wrongs' (2003), 'Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching' (2004), 'Translate into English' (2005), 'Rethinking Comparativism' (2010), 'A Borderless World '(2011),' General Strike '(2012),' Crimes of Identity '(2014),' Our World '(2014). (2014), Can There Be a Feminist World? (2015).
Activist in rural education and in feminist and ecological social movements since 1986. Activist in the field of development through subordinate language intervention, with an African focus, since 2000. 2000; Senior Consultant, Statistics and Narrative Relationship in Reporting Feminized Poverty at the Rural-Urban Interface in the West
and East Africa, with colleagues from Columbia and the Universities of Ghana-Legon and Nairobi; Series editor and fundraiser, Bandhan Bank Bengali Library, Columbia University Press, 2019.