The Hindu recently featured a very interesting interview with Gayatri Spivak, one of the most influential academics in the United States. The interview featured some interesting insight into Spivak’s personal growth as a scholar. I also enjoyed some of Spivak’s self-deprecating humor about her career and scholarship:
I see myself as a classroom teacher rather than anything. I write these books because I can’t not write. You know, it’s that kind of a obsession. I have read an awful lot of very excellent books to think that my books will really make the grade in the long run but they are written with great seriousness and sincerity. But I don’t write well either. Many people have said this in print – that I don’t write well and I am sorry about that… I try my best. My language has become much simpler but not, therefore, easier to understand.