Subaltern definition

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The word subaltern originates c.1400 from the Latin composition of sub , “under” and alternus , “every other one, one after the other.” 1 Defined generally as a secondary person or group of persons, it has incurred a variety of contextual connotations: Subaltern is an obsolete British military term used in c.1690 to refer to a subordinate officer below the rank of captain. Antonio Gramsci uses it in to refer to “groups who are outside the established structures of political representation.” 2 Giyatri Chakravorty Spivak criticizes Ranajit Guha’s usage of the term, stating that “the colonized subaltern
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Unformatted text preview: subject is irretrievably heterogeneous” and that “postrepresentionalist vocabulary hides an essentialist agenda.” 3 She argues that in a post-colonial world, it is important for critics to be mindful of “an ethnocentric extension of Western logos. ..[being] unknowingly complicit in the task of impersialism.” 4 1 2 3 Spivak, Gayatri C. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” 4 Graves, Benjamin. <>...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENG 220 taught by Professor Fackler during the Spring '08 term at Davidson.

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