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Planetary LovesSpivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology$
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Stephen D. Moore and Mayra Rivera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233250

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233250.001.0001

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“Effects of Grace”: Detranscendentalizing

“Effects of Grace”: Detranscendentalizing

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Perhaps the most important thing to grasp when reading Spivak on religion is her insistence on detranscendentalizing. She insists on it as the secular work of the humanities. This chapter explores this insistence on detranscendentalizing, as it relates to a much larger theme in her work: that is, ethical singularity. In other terms, the theory compressed into the phrase detranscendentalizing alterity helps us think about what she means by love. These ideas are considered by reading one instance of alterity—the myth of the antichrist—in order to trouble the political calculations that are made in the name of Christ. This troubling is a kind of queering.

Keywords:   Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, love, antichrist, queering

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