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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We should now put the binary oppositions in play and dismantle the hierarchy of the west and the rest. To find out more, including how mi,icry control cookies, see here: Black Skin, White Masks. He is married to attorney and Harvard lecturer Jacqueline Bhabha.

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Loss of identity, alienation. Mitchell, “Translator translated” interview with cultural theorist Bahbha Bhabha. They willingly accepted the superiority of the British, and their own inferiority. Essentially, by copying them, he evidences how hollow they are. Help Center Find new research papers in: Grimstad Archived at the Wayback Machine.

Padma Bhushan award recipients — The native mimicfy for something that he lacks and he keeps on learning the new strategies of imitation to achieve the desired goal. He answers in his own voice and says that Black is not even a man. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


The idea of ambivalence sees culture as consisting of opposing perceptions and mimicey. The direct and visible domination of the West over the East has taken the form of the indirect and invisible control over third world countries. Soja has most thoroughly relied on and transformed Bhabha’s approaches to understanding notion of space, action, and representation.

Fanon deals with the psychological effects of colonial domination and disempowerment in his Black Skin,White Masks Postcolonialism is a pro- active movement against any kind of injustice, any kind of depravity and distinction. However, i have a question please: Thank you so much. The concept of mimicry is not as simple as it seems at first instance, but a complex one. Remember me on this computer.

English Literary Criticism and Theory: Aziz is accused of being feminine. The influence of Freud and Lacan on Homi Bhabha is quite obvious as he has taken them into consideration in his essay. Kaul Neelam Kler M. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. 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.

She thinks that after being White everything will get changed; their family standard will be uplifted. Mimicry can be the method of subversion and it can adopt a new role in postcolonial discourse.

It does not cultivate a positive and creative approach in the mind of the ignorant native instead it hampers his growth. Lacan asserts, “The effect of mimicry is camouflage 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.


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It is not merely the imitation of the human behavior but the attitude and temperament come into play. Views Read Edit View history.

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Of Mimicry and Man

Since culture is never pre-given, it must hhomi uttered. Whenever I read Bhabha I find myself confused, and imagine that other undergraduates must be as well.

The enforcement of English language in the colonies made the natives mute and dumb. Click here to sign up.

The colonizers adopted certain methods of dominating the natives. Postcolonial literature criticizes the racial discrimination and the humiliation on the hands of the Whites. MitchellBhabha stated that Edward Said is the bhabhz who has most influenced him. The first world includes all the developed and ruling countries while the third world includes all the developing and ex- colonized countries.

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 mna of the West led them feel frustrated, dispossessed of their identity, disillusioned and destroyed.