Homi Bhabha Case Study

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Homi Bhabha‘s work transformed the study of colonialism by applying post-structuralist methodologies to colonial texts. He used the term ‗difference‘ for works of many distinct writers. So he explores and extends the relevance of post-structuralism for cultural difference. Bhabha states that the domination of the colonized depends on the assertion of difference: the colonized are inferior to the colonizers. Bhabha also believes that the colonial authority knows that this supposed difference is undermined by the real sameness of the colonized population. So he states that the tension between the illusion of difference and the reality of the sameness leads to anxiety. This anxiety opens gap in colonial discourse- a gap that can be exploited by …show more content…
He is a leading voice in postcolonial studies and is highly influenced by Western post-structuralist theorists notably, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault. His theory is expounded in his books, Nation and Narration (1990) and The Location of Culture (1994). He, a diasporic person like Edward Said and Gayatri Spivak has popularized postcolonial theory by giving new terms such as, Hybridity, Mimicry, The other, etc. to it. His contribution to postcolonial studies is noteworthy …show more content…
He states that the critique or reading is a process rather than a procedure. He asserts strongly that thinking something before reading anything cannot be called a reading at all as it merely tries to find what we expected or in other words, our expectations are likely to be confirmed. Bhabha argues that critique, critical thinking, tends to dissolve certain commonplace oppositions, which in the case of colonialism are inherited from the colonial discourse under consideration. He writes against the dialectical form of argument. The concept ‗deferral‘ is central to Bhabha‘s understanding of dialectical thinking. From Fanon (Black Skin, White Masks) Bhabha has drawn the need to look at each situation in the light of its particular specific history. Bhabha has developed a general and productive rethinking of issues around colonial and post-colonial power and psyche through the reading and re-reading of Fanon‘s work. His reading of Fanon is only the most obvious example of conceptual ignition, and its effects are ongoing. His Works include:
1. Nation and Narration (ed) 2. The Location of Culture 3. Cosmopolitanisms in Public Culture. (ed) 4. Edward Said: Continuing the Conversation (ed) Homi Bhabha‘s work in postcolonial theory is heavily influenced by poststructuralism, most notably the writings of Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault. In addition to this bulk of

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