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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Bhabha has been criticized for using indecipherable jargon and dense prose. Bhabhq, the first world still keeps fascinating us with the use of magical spells of its language, and culture. Don’t have an account? Mimicry appears when members of a colonized society imitate and take on the culture of the colonizers. This time around, I decided to write out my analysis of this essay in language other students will hopefully understand.

This change of attitude and blind imitation is fatal to the growth of the individual and the nation as a whole. There is another fact: The influence of Freud and Lacan on Homi Bhabha is quite obvious as he has taken them into consideration in his essay. The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse. Postcolonialism is an emancipator concept.

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To mimic the whites became the ultimate destiny of all the racially distinguished people. The stereotype depends on this notion of fixity. Fanon deals with the psychological effects of colonial domination and disempowerment in his Black Skin,White Masks Paradoxically, however, such an image can neither be ‘original’—by virtue of the act of repetition that constructs it—nor identical—by virtue of the difference that defines it.


Enunciation implies that culture has no fixity and even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew. Hoki of the time I don’t know what he’s talking about. The o character of V.

Of Mimicry and Man

Search my Subject Specializations: I wont say now i have been struggling in reading Bhabha, instead, i will say i was struggling: Mimicry can be the method of subversion and it can adopt a new role in postcolonial discourse. An important aspect of colonial and post-colonial discourse is their dependence on the concept of “fixity” in the construction of otherness.

The stereotype creates an “identity” that stems as much from mastery bhaabha pleasure as it does from anxiety and defense of the dominant, “for it mah a form of multiple and contradictory beliefs in its recognition of difference and disavowal of it.

The colonizer is resented yet hated.

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. California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. This site uses cookies.

For the black man there is only one destiny. It is through enunciation that cultural difference is discovered and recognized. Bhabha claims that “cultural statements and systems are constructed in this contradictory and ambivalent space of enunciation.

This chapter focuses on the ambivalence of colonial discourse, specifically the issue of mimicry, which, it explains, is the sign of bhabga double articulation, a complex strategy of reform, regulation, and discipline.

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. History of ideasLiterature.


Balasubrahmanyam Rajashree Birla M. English Literary Criticism and Theory: 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 mman for details see www.

The direct and visible domination of the West over the East has taken the form of the bhabhx and invisible control over third world countries.

The influence of it has gone deep in the psyche of the human beings that it can not be undone. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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The history of colonialism dates back to the period of Renaissance. Once the colonial masters departed from the colonies, these nations became socially, politically, and economically independent. By continuing to use this website, mimicrg agree to their use.

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. This tendency of considering themselves natives of the ex-colonized countries inferior to the colonial masters European powers during the colonial times due to their ignorance of the manipulation and diplomacy of the West led them feel frustrated, dispossessed of their identity, disillusioned and destroyed.

In many ways, this appears to be mere repetition of the Hegelian master-slave dialectic. A Very Short Introduction.