1 Archana Gupta Ph.D Research Scholar Head of the Department Department of English University of Lucknow 10 January The Role of “Mimicry” in. It suggests that the effect of mimicry on the authority of colonial discourse is profound and disturbing, for in normalizing Of Mimicry and Man Homi Bhabha. In “Of Mimicry and Man” Homi Bhabha lays out his concept of mimicry. Bhabha’s essential argument is that mimicry can become unintentionally.

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The Politics of Language in African Literature. Bhabha presents cultural difference as an alternative to cultural diversity. This wnd area of discourse, which serves as a site for the discursive conditions of enunciation, “displaces the narrative of the Western written in homogeneous, serial time.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Homi K. In the name of modernity we have become blind adherent to it and keep copying and mimicking whatever comes to our way. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Mimicry can be the method of subversion and it can adopt a new role in postcolonial discourse. Mimicry of the West has now extended to the imitation of their way of speaking, clothing, and living. In the similar way, Frantz Fanon analyses the psychological effects of colonial domination in bhabhw Black Skin, White Masks.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. The postcolonial studies have brought up the issue of subordination of the eastern countries on the hands of the ruling classes and the resultant effect of this domination is mimicry.

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Bhabha says that this process of imitation is never complete, and there is always something that he lacks. I have been slogging through this mann all weekend for a project and just came across this, it has been so helpful! One of his central ideas is that of “hybridisation,” which, taking up from Edward Said ‘s work, describes the emergence of new cultural forms from multiculturalism.

Fanon, very excellently, exposes this racial anxiety of being White in his Introduction to the Black Skin, White Masks: It suggests that the effect of mimicry on the authority of colonial discourse is profound and disturbing, for in normalizing the colonial state or subject, the dream of post-Enlightenment civility alienates its own language of liberty and produces another knowledge of its norms.

Soja has most thoroughly jimicry on and transformed Bhabha’s approaches to understanding notion of space, action, and representation. Postcolonialism as a theory emerged during the late s. The idea of ambivalence sees culture as consisting of opposing perceptions and dimensions.

This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat During this postcolonial era, we should now resist the impact of the West with best possible means. To mimic the whites became the ultimate destiny of all the racially distinguished people. The miimicry to mimic the White haunts the Black day and night.

In the Introduction to Robert J. Aziz is accused of being feminine. During the rule of the colonial masters in the colonies, the influence of imperial powers led the dominated natives feel dispossessed, and devoid of the language of the colonizers to communicate.

It is not merely the imitation of the human behavior but the attitude and temperament come into play. So much had been promised by the physical aspect… there is no light like that of the temperate zone It became difficult for them to communicate, and express themselves or raise their voice against any kind of exploitation. Bhabha’s work in postcolonial theory owes much to post-structuralism.

Homi K. Bhabha

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It “challenges our sense of the historical identity of culture as a homogenizing, unifying force, authenticated by the originary past, kept alive in the national tradition of the People”.


The third world countries still look up towards the first world considering it reformed, polished, mannered and civilized. It is through enunciation that cultural difference is discovered and recognized. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. It is indeed helpful. The colonizer is resented yet hated. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Tensions of Empire Author s: This time around, I decided to write out my analysis of this essay in language other students will hopefully understand. Under the terms of the licence agreement, mah individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph ans CALSO for personal use for details see www.

Thus, they displaced them from their places physically and mentally.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. They willingly accepted the superiority of the British, and their own inferiority. His work The Mijicry of the Earth has influenced the people world-wide, who were once colonized by the British colonial powers. They snatched their lands, and ruled over it. Kaul Neelam Kler M. The native desires for something that he lacks and he keeps on learning the new strategies of imitation to achieve the desired goal.

My focus here is on the various ways ghabha which mimicry operated not only during the colonial era but also how it has crept in the postcolonial times when all the ex-colonized countries have become independent.