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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The history of colonialism dates back to the period of Renaissance. Homi Bhabha is one of the chief pioneering figures of postcolonial theory.

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Mahadevappa Leander Paes K. Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Homi K. Instead of seeing colonialism as something locked in the past, Bhabha shows how its histories and cultures constantly intrude on the present, demanding that we transform our understanding of cross-cultural relations.

The political freedom of the third mimkcry countries will then only result in mental and psychological independence of its people. Since culture is never pre-given, it must be uttered. In cultural diversity, a culture nad an “object of empirical knowledge” and pre-exists the knower while cultural difference sees culture as the point at which two or more cultures meet and it is bhagha where most problems occur, discursively constructed rather than pre-given, a “process of enunciation of culture as ‘knowledgeable.

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Essentially, by copying them, he evidences how hollow they are. Even it suggests of dismantling the concept of first world and third mimocry countries as it creates a division between these two places. He is the Anne F. Thus, they displaced them from their places physically and mentally. We should now put the binary oppositions in play and dismantle the hierarchy of the west and the rest. Grimstad Archived at the Wayback Machine. The postcolonial thinker, Frantz Fanon has been influential in the works of these contemporary postcolonial critics.


This time around, I decided to write out my analysis of this essay in language other students will hopefully understand. So much had been promised by the physical aspect… there is no light like that of the temperate zone From Wikipedia, the anv encyclopedia.

Thus, mimicry is a sign of a double articulation; a strategy which appropriates the Other as it visualizes power. This ambivalent 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. This site uses cookies. Aziz is accused of being feminine. Views Read Edit View history. The third world countries still look up towards the first world considering it reformed, polished, mannered and civilized.

The influence of Freud and Lacan on Homi Bhabha is quite obvious as he has taken them into consideration in his essay.

Help Center Find new research papers yomi Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here People now do not imitate only the superior manners of the first world countries but they have started considering that whatever is foreign is the best. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use for details see www.

The feeling of superiority of the colonial masters over the natives leads the members of the colonized nation to look at themselves as the inferior human beings. This change of attitude and blind imitation is fatal to the growth of the individual and the nation as a whole. Postcolonial literature criticizes the racial discrimination and the humiliation on the hands of the Whites. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


Thank you so much for posting this! Enunciation implies that culture has no fixity and even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew. Most of the time I don’t know what he’s talking about.

The Role of Mimicry in Homi Bhabha’s Of Mimicry and Man | Mrs. Archana Gupta –

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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.

Posthumous conferral — — — — — — — Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. This chapter focuses on the ambivalence of colonial discourse, specifically the issue of mimicry, which, it explains, is the sign of a double articulation, a complex strategy of reform, regulation, and discipline.

The colonizers adopted certain methods of dominating the natives. The Empire Writes Back: