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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on Representation - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 716
Representation/Political Representation/Marx/Spivak: in reference to Marx' The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852), Spivak distinguishes between two forms of representation: According to Marx, the French parcel farmers do not represent a coherent class,(1) See Representation/Marx.
Spivak: now distinguishes between "representation" as "speaking from" and "representation" as "speaking for".(2)
SpivakVsDeleuze/SpivakVsFoucault: for these two authors, the two forms coincide. Thus the aesthetic portrait, which symbolically represents the disempowered as a coherent political subject, becomes a transparent expression of their political desires and interests.
Problem: Deleuze and Foucault presuppose a coherence between interest and desire. See Interest/Spivak.


1. Vgl. Karl Marx, Der achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte, Frankfurt/M. 2007 (zuerst 1852)
2. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak “Can the subaltern speak?” in: Cary Nelson/Lawrence Grossberg (Ed.) Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, Urbana Ill./Chicago 1988 271-313. Dt.: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Can the subaltern speak? Postkolonialität und subalterne Artikulation, Wien 2008, S. 275-278.

Nikita Dhawan, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak “Can the subaltern speak?” in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolSpiv I
Gayatri Ch. Spivak
Subaltern Studies. Deconstructing Historiography New York/Oxford 1988

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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