With every attempt to describe my ideas, I am confronted by the impossibility of articulating them ‘otherwise’. But that is the disciplinary power of language in general... to arrest thought, speech and action that attempts to be ‘otherwise.’
Gayatri Spivak's 'Can the Subaltern Speak?' is one of the most widely mis-characterised, mis-interpreted and mis-used texts out there. I find myself constantly debating the productivity of this piece with other readers of the text.