How the Heritage of Postcolonial Studies Thinks Colonialism Today

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak


I have been asked to write on the heritage of postcolonial studies. I separated myself from postcolonial studies in A Critique of Postcolonial Reason, published in 1999. I am still separated from it. But “separation” is, of course, a relationship; and there are different kinds of separation. Perhaps this relationship constitutes itself by way of the fact that, in the country of my citizenship, the heritage of the postcolonial is dubious.


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