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Gayatri C. Spivak

University Professor
School of the Arts
English and Comparative Literature Department
Interchurch Building 401a
  • Founding Member, Institute for Comparative Literature
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Paris

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor, the highest honor given to a handful of professors across the university, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She is a critical theorist whose work has been particularly influential to the field of post-colonialism, for which she is often referred to as having been a pioneer.

She received her B.A. at the University of Calcutta (1959); her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D (1967) from Cornell University. Professor Spivak has also taught at Brown, Texas at Austin, UC Santa Cruz, Université Paul Valery, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Stanford, University of British Columbia, Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt, Riydah University, and Emory. Before coming to Columbia in 1991, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan, the Humanities Research Center at the Australian National University, the Center for the Study of Social Sciences (Calcutta), the Davis Center for Historical Studies (Princeton), the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio). She has been a Kent fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Among her Distinguished Faculty Fellowships is the Tagore Fellowship at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India). She has been a member of the Subaltern Studies Collective.

An activist as well as an educator, she is involved in international women's movements and issues surrounding ecological agriculture. She has been deeply involved in rural education in Asia for nearly two decades.

Among her publications are Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida's De la grammmatologie), Imaginary Maps and Breast Stories (translations with critical material of the fiction Mahasweta Devi), In other Worlds, The Post-Colonial Critic, and Outside in the Teaching Machine. Her most recent book is An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (2012).

She is on the editorial Board of many journals, among them Cultural Critique, Boundary 2, New Formations, Diaspora, ARIEL, Re-thinking Marxism, Public Culture, Parallax, Interventions.

Research & Other Works
Comparative Literature/World Literature: A Discussion with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and David Damrosch
New Literary History: Pages from a Memoir
Rethinking Comparativism
Thinking about Edward Said: Pages from a Memoir
Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching
Acting Bits/Identity Talk
The Making of Americans, the Teaching of English, and the Future of Culture Studies
Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism
Scattered Speculations on the Question of Value
Love Me, Love My Ombre, Elle
Revolutions That As Yet Have No Model: Derrida’s Limited Inc.
Reading the World: Literary Studies in the 80’s
"Draupadi" by Mahasveta Devi
The Politics of Interpretations
Review: Anarchism Revisited: A New Philosophy
Review: Glas-Piece: A Compte Rendu
Reflections on Diaspora and Transnational Studies in American Curricula
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