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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Don’t have an account? The language and culture have been the major tools of colonization. They snatched their lands, and ruled over it.

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, mna, religion and our personal relationships as well. It became difficult for them to communicate, and express themselves or raise their voice against any kind of exploitation.

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Fixity implies repetition, rigidity and an unchanging order as well as disorder. Bhabha’s work in postcolonial theory owes much to post-structuralism. 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 stereotype creates an “identity” that stems as much from mastery and pleasure as it does from anxiety and defense of the dominant, “for bhhabha is a form of multiple and contradictory mimkcry in its recognition of difference and disavowal of it.

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During this postcolonial era, we should now resist the impact of the West with best possible means.

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. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. My focus here is on the various ways in which mimicry operated not only during the colonial era but also how it has crept in the postcolonial times when all the ex-colonized countries have become independent. Bhabha says that this process of imitation is never complete, and there bhabhaa always something that he lacks.

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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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. To spread the English language they created a surrogate Englishman through English literature in schools and colleges.

He sees mimicry as a “double vision which in disclosing the ambivalence of colonial discourse also disrupts its authority. They willingly accepted the superiority of the British, and their own inferiority. Postcolonial literature criticizes the racial discrimination and the humiliation on the hands of the Whites.


Since culture is never pre-given, it must be uttered.

The idea of ambivalence sees culture as consisting of opposing perceptions and dimensions. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph mimocry CALSO for personal use for details see www. Discovery of America marks the modern period of colonialism.

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Now with the turn of the century everything has changed, even the forms of the colonization have changed. Thus, mimicry is a sign of a double articulation; a strategy which appropriates the Other as it visualizes power. The history of colonialism dates back to the period of Renaissance.

Like Bhabha’s concept of hybridity, mimicry is a metonym of presence. mimicyr

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Thus, the first world still keeps fascinating us with the use of magical spells of its language, and culture. Colonial signifiers of mimocry only acquire their meanings after the “traumatic scenario of colonial difference, cultural or racial, returns the eye of power to some prior archaic image or identity. Toni Morrison has tried to give a glimpse of her suffering: 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 mann their identity, disillusioned and destroyed.