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Dialogics of the Oppressed

Hitchcock, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0816621063 / ISBN 13: 9780816621064
Published by Univ of Minnesota Pr, 1993
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Title: Dialogics of the Oppressed

Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr

Publication Date: 1993

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Formulated within and against the context of Russian formalism that became the backbone of semiotics, Mikhail Bahktin's work has enabled contemporary critical theories to return to specific socio-political and historical moments that had been closed off by formalist abstractions. In "Dialogics of the Oppressed", Peter Hitchcock looks through the lens of Bakhtin's theory of dialogism for an analysis of subaltern writing. Rather than assume an integral "subaltern subject" as the object of analysis, Hitchcock - in case studies of four global feminists, Nawal el Saadawi, Pat Barker, Zhang Jie, and Agnes Smedley - emphasizes the cultural agency of the subaltern and shows the political implications this might have for literary analysis in general and cultural studies in particular. "Dialogics of the Oppressed" argues from an internationalist perspective to underline that the heterogeneity of dialogic feminism itself constitutes a significant array of discursive resistance to the hegemony of disciplines and so-called area studies operative in the metropolitan First World academy. Hitchcock demonstrates through dialogic analyses of the writings of these four feminists that a form of multicultural materialism can itself disrupt the restrictive logics and practices of literary studies in the Western academy, and that indeed, there is a counterlogic in the culture of the subaltern. Hitchcock's underlying objective is the development of a powerful critique of the epistemological bases of the academy that marginalize and devalue certain cultural productions and subjects, as well as a cognitive mapping of the politics of pedagogy in current transformations of disciplinarity. Peter Hitchcock is associate professor of literary and cultural studies at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is the author of "Working-class Fiction in Theory and Practice" and has published essays on radical writing, multiculturalism, film, and Third World fiction.

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