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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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures. Postcolonialism is an emancipator concept. Bhabha presents cultural difference as an alternative to cultural diversity.

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From to he served as Chester D. It is not merely the imitation of the human behavior but the attitude and temperament come into play. In a interview, Bhabha expressed his annoyance at such criticisms and the implied expectation that philosophers should use the “common language of the common person,” while scientists are given a pass for the similar use of language that is not immediately comprehensible to casual readers.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Thank you so much for posting this! Tensions of Empire Author s: In the similar way, Frantz Fanon analyses the psychological effects of colonial domination in his Black Skin, White Masks.


Mimicry can be the method of subversion and it can adopt a new role in postcolonial discourse. In many ways, this appears to be mere repetition of the Hegelian master-slave dialectic.

His work transformed the study of colonialism by applying post-structuralist methodologies to colonial texts.

Remember me on this computer. Bhabha’s work in postcolonial theory owes much to post-structuralism. A Very Short Introduction. Hybridity as a strategy of the suppressed against their suppressors, mimicry as a strategy of colonial subjection, Third Space, postcolonial “enunciative” present [1].

Ambivalence contributes to the reason why colonial power is characterized by its belatedness. Mmicry claims that this ambivalence—this duality that presents a split in the identity of the colonized other—allows for beings who are a hybrid of their own cultural identity and the colonizer’s cultural identity.

White men consider themselves superior to Black men. The influence of the western culture is very much obvious not only in our day to day life but in other fields like films, music, literature, customs, religion and our personal relationships as well. Mimicry does not merely destroy narcissistic authority through the repetitious slippage of difference and desire.


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To spread the English language they created a surrogate Englishman through English literature in schools and colleges. The concept of mimicry is not as simple as it seems at first instance, but a complex one. Mahadevappa Leander Paes K.

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I wont say now i have been struggling in reading Bhabha, instead, i will say i was struggling: The enforcement of English language in the colonies made the natives mute and dumb. Like Bhabha’s concept of hybridity, mimicry is a metonym of presence.

During this postcolonial era, we should now resist the impact qnd the West with best possible means. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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Don’t have an account? Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World. Thus, it will lead them to a better future. Since culture is never pre-given, it must be uttered.