Can the Subaltern Speak?  

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"Within the effaced itinerary of the subaltern subject, the track of sexual difference is doubly effected. The question is not of female partici­pation in insurgency, or the ground rules of the sexual division of labor, for both of which there is ‘evidence.’ It is, rather, that, both as object of colonialist historiography and as subject of insurgency, the ideological construction of gender keeps the male dominant. If, in the context of colonial production, the subaltern has no history and cannot speak, the subaltern as female is even more deeply in shadow. . ." --"Can the Subaltern Speak? (1983) by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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"Can the Subaltern Speak?" (1983) is a text by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, considered a founding text of postcolonialism.

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