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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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat English Literary Criticism and Theory: Kaul Neelam Kler M. Mimicry can be the method of subversion and it can adopt a new role in postcolonial discourse.

Of Mimicry and Man

It suggests that the effect of mimicry on the authority of colonial discourse is profound and disturbing, for in normalizing the colonial state or subject, the dream of post-Enlightenment civility alienates its own language of liberty and produces another knowledge of its norms. 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.

There is another fact: The central character of V. During the rule of the bhabhz 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.

Balasubrahmanyam Rajashree Birla M. Lacan asserts, “The effect of mimicry is camouflage Retrieved 20 August The stereotype depends on this notion of fixity.


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The third world countries still look up towards the first world considering it reformed, polished, mannered and civilized.

Even it suggests of dismantling the concept of first world and third world countries as it creates a division between these two places. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in The influence of Freud and Lacan on Homi Bhabha off quite obvious as he has taken them into consideration in his essay.

Postcolonialism is a pro- active movement against any kind of injustice, any kind of depravity and distinction. This pressure forced them to imitate the superior Other. The first world includes all the developed and ruling countries while the third world includes all the developing and ex- mimlcry countries. The great city, center of the world, in which, fleeing disorder, I had hoped to find the beginning of order.

Though imitation is a very natural phenomenon to perceive something which is foreign and superior to us, yet when this natural becomes unnatural the problem arises. How these racial differences and linguistic difficulties of a foreign language can lead to traumatic experiences is far from imagination. Tensions of Empire Author s: During this postcolonial era, we should now resist the impact of the West with best possible means. It is not merely the imitation of the human behavior but the attitude and temperament come into play.

The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse. Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures. For the black man there is only one destiny.

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Mimicry appears when bhabba of a colonized society imitate and take on the culture of the colonizers. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: This article is about the critical mxn. The postcolonial studies have brought up the issue of subordination of the eastern countries on the hands of the ruling classes and the resultant effect of this domination is mimicry.


In a interview, Bhabha expressed his annoyance at such criticisms and the implied expectation that philosophers should use the “common language of the common person,” while scientists are given a pass for the similar use of language that is not immediately comprehensible to casual readers. Thus, the first world still keeps fascinating us with the use of magical spells of its language, and culture.

The language and culture have been the major tools of colonization. Postcolonial literature criticizes the racial discrimination and the humiliation on the hands of the Whites.

In many ways, this appears to be mere repetition of the Hegelian master-slave dialectic. The feeling of superiority of the colonial masters over the natives leads the members of the colonized nation to look at themselves as the inferior human beings.

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The concept of mimicry is not as simple as it seems at first instance, but a complex one. Help Center Find new research papers in: The desire to mimic bhaha White haunts the Black day and night.

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