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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Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse – California Scholarship

Notify me of new comments via email. Retrieved 20 August 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. Balasubrahmanyam Rajashree Birla M. The third world countries still look up towards the first world considering it reformed, polished, mannered and civilized.

It is indeed helpful. 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. Email required Address never made public. Hybridity as a strategy of the suppressed against their suppressors, mimicry as a strategy of colonial subjection, Third Space, postcolonial “enunciative” present [1].

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Most of the time I don’t know what he’s talking about. This change of attitude and blind imitation is fatal to the growth of the individual and the nation as a whole.

Don’t have an account? The colonists’ desire is inverted as the colonial appropriation now produces a partial vision of the colonizer’s presence; a gaze from the Other is the counterpart to the colonizer’s gaze that shares the insight of genealogical gaze which frees the marginalized individual and breaks the unity of man’s being through which he had extended his sovereignty.


In the name of modernity we aand become blind adherent to it and keep copying and mimicking whatever comes to our way. Mimicry can be the method of subversion and it can adopt a new role in postcolonial discourse.

It has developed the literature which has given us a platform to view the relationship between the western and non-western countries from a different point of view. I wont say now i have been struggling in reading Bhabha, instead, i will say i was struggling: Padma Bhushan award recipients — How these racial differences and linguistic difficulties of a foreign language can lead to traumatic experiences is far from imagination.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. They snatched their lands, and ruled over it. Bhabha claims that “cultural statements and systems are constructed in this contradictory and ambivalent space of enunciation. Professor Emeritus of English at Stanford University Marjorie Perloff said that her reaction to Bhabha’s appointment to the Harvard faculty was one of “dismay”, telling the New York Times that “He doesn’t have anything to say. She thinks that after being White everything will get changed; their family standard will be uplifted.

Since culture is never pre-given, it must be uttered. Fanon deals with the psychological effects of bhahba domination and disempowerment in his Black Skin,White Masks From to he served as Chester D. I have tried to define the concept of mimicry in simplest form; its role in colonial and postcolonial discourse and how the western exploitation of the east led them feel inferior. California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.


Homi Bhabha is one of the chief pioneering figures of postcolonial theory. University Press Scholarship Online. His work The Wretched of the Earth has influenced the people world-wide, who were once colonized by the British colonial powers.

For the black man there is only one destiny. It “challenges our sense of the historical identity of culture as a homogenizing, unifying force, authenticated by the originary past, kept alive in the national tradition of the People”. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Enunciation implies that culture has no fixity and even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew.

Even it suggests of dismantling the concept of first world and hlmi world countries as it creates a division between these two places. During this postcolonial era, we should now resist the impact of the West with best possible means. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Lacan asserts, “The effect of mimicry is camouflage Soja ‘s conceptualization of thirdspace. He is married to attorney and Harvard lecturer Jacqueline Bhabha.

Of Mimicry and Man

There is another fact: Skip to main content. 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.

Soja has most thoroughly relied on and transformed Bhabha’s approaches to understanding notion of space, action, and representation.