This is the very first book of Spivak that I read. Though her vocabularies and sentences are dense enough to understand at once, but Spivak's insights on globalization and feminism are amazing!
The first and the second part of the book are my favorite sections. Spivak deals with a new kind of reading and research method by appropriating Virginia Woolf's concept of "the ghost of Shakespear's sister". Through invoking the ghosts of someone's sister, mother, or woman (e.g. Gramsci's woman, :P) and being haunted by them, Spivak is trying to present a position - that is, the position of the subaltern - of doing comparative literature. She also elaborates Derrida's ideas on deconstructing strategy of reading and writing, which is also a fascinating part of her argument.
Though I am not a big fan of any globalization theory, but Spivak deals with this topic with her own style, which draws my attention. Through Spivak's writing, I see a caring person with her own political concerns and humanities - however, it takes the reader's patience to understand her writing and arguing style :P...Continua