Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (born February 24, 1942) is a literary critic and theorist from India. She is best-known for the article "Can the Subaltern Speak?", which is considered a founding text of postcolonialism, and also for her translation of Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology. Spivak currently teaches at Columbia University, though she is a popular speaker, invited to lecture around the world. Spivak was born Gayatri Chakravorty, in Calcutta, West Bengal, 24 February 1942, to a middle class family. She received an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Calcutta (1959), graduating with first class honours. After this, she completed her Master's in English from Cornell University and then pursued her Ph.D. while teaching at University of Iowa. Her writings
Myself, I Must Remake: The Life and Poetry of W.B. Yeats (1974).
In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987).
The Post-Colonial Critic (1990)
Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993).
The Spivak Reader (1995).
A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999). Death of a Discipline (2005).
Other Asias (2006).
Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida, De la grammatologie (1976).
Selected Subaltern Studies (ed., 1988).
Thinking Academic Freedom in Gendered Post-Coloniality (1993).