Friday, June 19, 2015

Fwd: 5 Unreadable Academics & Writers You Should Be Wary Of

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Prahlad Raghuvaran
18 Jun, 2015

Big words, colons in place of full-stops, even bigger words and more colons. The text goes on and on. And you're not sure if you are just meandering or descending into an abyss of incomprehensible writing. Eventually, you either snap the book shut or convince yourself that you understood what the writer was saying.

Given below are five such Indian and India-born writers who can bring an innocent reader to the pitiable state described above.

1. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a post-colonial critic. She teaches at Columbia University and is best known for her essay Can the Subaltern Speak?

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, not the first in the long list of biggies, and notorious for her needlessly complex and verbose prose, wishes to be understood by lesser mortals (read: wannabe students and fellow travelers) as a "Marxist feminist deconstructionist".

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all in jest :-)

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