Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee, and Certain Scenes of Teaching

Spivak, Gayatri C.

In this essay I consider not only fiction as event but also fiction as task. I locate in Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) and J. M. Coetzee (1940– ) representations of what may be read as versions of the “I” figured as object and weave the representations together as a warning text for postcolonial political ambitions.4 I am obviously using “text” as “web,” coming from Latin texere—“to weave.”
In the second part of the essay I move into the field of education as a nation-building calculus. I examine planning as its logic and teaching as its rhetoric—in the strong sense of figuration.


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English and Comparative Literature
Johns Hopkins University Press
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March 17, 2015