The Role of Mimicry in Homi Bhabha’s Of Mimicry and Man. Uploaded by .. 12 Bhabha, Homi K. “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse. 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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History of ideasLiterature. After lecturing in the Department of English at the University of Sussex for more than ten years, Bhabha received a senior fellowship at Princeton University where he was also made Old Dominion Visiting Professor. Remember me on this computer. The stereotype depends on this notion of fixity. Would you please tell me what do you mean in this sentence you wrote the colonial subject threatens the colonial mission?

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The language and culture have been the major tools of colonization. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Chaturvedi Sant Singh Chatwal G.

This chapter focuses on the ambivalence of colonial discourse, specifically the issue of mimicry, which, it explains, mimiccry the sign of a double articulation, a complex strategy of reform, regulation, and discipline. The colonizer is resented yet hated. Mimicry does not merely destroy narcissistic authority through the repetitious slippage of difference and desire. To spread the English language they created a surrogate Englishman through English literature in schools and colleges.

Postcolonialism is an emancipator concept. The feeling of superiority of the colonial masters over the natives leads the members of the colonized nation to look mlmicry themselves as the inferior human beings. He sees mimicry as a “double vision which in disclosing the ambivalence of colonial discourse also disrupts its authority. Inthe journal Philosophy and Literature awarded Bhabha second prize in its “Bad Writing Competition,” [11] which “celebrates bad writing from the most stylistically lamentable passages found in scholarly books and articles.


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Advani Shabana Azmi Homi K. Notify me of new comments via email. In a interview, Bhabha expressed his annoyance at such criticisms mah the implied expectation that philosophers should use the “common language of the common person,” while scientists are given a pass for the similar bhahba of language that is not immediately comprehensible to casual readers.

Republished in The Hindu He is married to attorney and Harvard lecturer Jacqueline Bhabha.

Of Mimicry and Man

His work The Wretched of the Earth has influenced the people world-wide, who were once colonized by the British colonial powers. Enunciation implies that culture has no fixity and even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew. I wont say now i have been struggling in reading Bhabha, instead, i will say i was struggling: Amd does not cultivate a positive and creative approach in the mind of the ignorant native instead it hampers his growth.

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English Literary Criticism and Theory: Whenever I read Bhabha I find myself confused, and imagine that other undergraduates must be as well. The Politics of Maj in African Literature. Retrieved 20 August Toni Morrison has tried to give a glimpse of her suffering: Though mimixry is a very natural phenomenon to perceive something which is foreign and superior to us, yet when this natural becomes unnatural the problem arises.

Mimicry of the West has now extended to the imitation of their way of speaking, clothing, and living. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t an the answer there, please contact us. 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.


Once the realization dawns on the natives of the third world countries, they start resisting against the domination of the imperial jomi through the same techniques with which they have been colonized. The desire to mimic the White haunts the Black day and night. He answers in his own voice and says miimicry Black is not even a man. Once the colonial masters departed from the colonies, these nations became socially, politically, and economically independent.

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On the other hand, Bhabha does not interpret mimicry as a narcissistic identification of the colonizer in which the colonized stops being a person without the colonizer present in his identity. Click here to sign up.

The Ambivalence xnd Colonial Discourse. Bhabha uses India, for instance, as an example of alternative possibilities when he argues that the very idea and practice of secularism is changing. The political freedom of the third world countries will then only result in mental and psychological independence of its people. Discovery of America marks the modern period of colonialism.

Thus, they displaced them from their places physically and mentally. Mimicry of the West now is not only limited to European countries but USA, having entered into the first world, has gained more prominence. Bhabha’s work in postcolonial theory owes much to post-structuralism. We should now put the binary oppositions in play and dismantle the hierarchy of the west and the rest. Homi Bhabha is one of the chief pioneering figures of postcolonial theory.

In many ways, this appears to be mere repetition of the Hegelian master-slave dialectic. Balasubrahmanyam Rajashree Birla M. University Press Scholarship Online. This essay has been taken from his book The Location of Culture.