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Strategic Essentialism

Gayatri Spivak, in Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography, posits that although essentialism is highly problematic for the knowledge it creates about the “other”, there is sometimes a political and social need for what she calls “strategic essentialism.” Spivak uses this term to refer to the strategy that nationalities, ethnic groups or minority groups can use to present themselves. 160 more words

Literary Theory

Feminism: Power, Desire, Interest, and the Voice of the Subaltern

Discussions on female sexuality and empowerment have reignited across social media in recent weeks, largely thanks to this nude selfie of Kim Kardashian. As with all issues of debate, public response has been divided into two camps, each arguing Kardashian’s public display of sexuality as for or against the feminist agenda of advancing women’s rights. 1,203 more words

29. The Sergeant-Major's D.C.M. by F. H. Geake

One of the results of our work with the Belgian Army was that I was sent a Belgian Medaille Militaire, to be awarded to someone of my selection. 387 more words

27. Fires, by F. H. Geake

The following are all separate incidents, having no bearing upon one another, but perhaps may as well be recorded together.


I was doing some work in my orderly room, probably some time in 1918, when my orderly room corporal came in to say that a dump was on fire. 1,506 more words

Selective empathy of the West

The world is horrified : another terrorist attack hit the West in the heart of Europe. Explosions shook the airport and a subway station in Brussels. 581 more words


the known quantity

one day, having been listening, comes nothing
it entered: of numberless kin
treaded gone the great walk
holding the tape worm within

somewhere, to be believed, is I… 54 more words

Post-socialist working-classes as subalterns?

The relevance of ‘post-colonialism’ to post-socialist contexts just keeps cropping up in the most diverse of places (Snochowska-Gonzalez’s recent piece, and my colleague Kevork Oskanian’s… 1,614 more words