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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Bhabha’s work in postcolonial theory owes much to post-structuralism. It is the process of the fixation of the colonial as a form of cross-classificatory, discriminatory knowledge in the defiles of an interdictory discourse, and therefore necessarily raises the question of the authorization of colonial representations.

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The postcolonial thinker, Frantz Fanon has been influential in the works of these contemporary postcolonial critics. The third world countries still look up towards the first world considering it reformed, polished, mannered and civilized.

Bhabha 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. This time around, I decided to write out my analysis of this essay in language other students will hopefully understand.

Retrieved from ” https: Postcolonial literature criticizes the racial discrimination and the humiliation on the hands of the Whites. Ramanaidu Kanak Rele V.

This change of attitude and blind imitation is fatal to the growth of the individual and the nation as a whole. Even it suggests of dismantling the concept of first world and third world countries as it creates a division between these two places.


Bhabha has been criticized for using indecipherable jargon and dense prose.

The colonizer is resented yet hated. University Press Scholarship Online. The language and culture have been the major tools of colonization. Chaturvedi Sant Singh Chatwal G.

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. Hybridity as a strategy of the suppressed against their suppressors, mimicry as a strategy of colonial subjection, Third Space, postcolonial “enunciative” present [1].

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

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

Mimicry of the West has now extended to the imitation of their way of speaking, clothing, and living. Mimicry appears when members of a colonized society imitate and take on the culture of the colonizers. The influence of Freud and Lacan on Homi Bhabha is quite obvious as he has taken them into consideration in his essay.

Bhabha presents cultural difference as an alternative to cultural diversity. The first world includes all the developed and ruling countries while the third world includes all the developing and ex- colonized countries.

Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World. They snatched their bhxbha, and ruled over it. 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”.

How these racial differences and linguistic difficulties of a foreign language can lead to mimicr experiences is far from imagination. Remember me on this computer. Postcolonialism is an emancipator concept.


Publications Pages Publications Pages. It is not a question of harmonizing with the background, but against a mottled background, of becoming mottled — exactly like the technique of camouflage practiced in human warfare qtd. Harding, The University of Alberta, Canada.

Bhabha says that this process of imitation is never complete, and there is always something that he lacks. Postcolonialism as a theory emerged during the late s. 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.

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Fanon, very excellently, exposes this racial anxiety of being White in his Introduction to the Black Skin, White Masks: 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. For the black man there is only one destiny. Grimstad Archived at the Wayback Machine. Posthumous conferral — — — — — — — The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse.

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