Location of Culture

ISBN-10: 0415336392

ISBN-13: 9780415336390

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Homi Bhabha

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Terry Eagleton once wrote in the Guardian, 'Few post-colonial writers can rival Homi Bhabha in his exhilarated sense of alternative possibilities'. In rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity, one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. A scholar who writes and teaches about South Asian literature and contemporary art with incredible virtuosity, he discusses writers as diverse as Morrison, Gordimer, and Conrad. In The Location of Culture, Bhabha uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent. Speaking in a voice that combines intellectual ease with the belief that theory itself can contribute to practical political change, Bhabha has become one of the leading post-colonial theorists of this era.
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Homi K. Bhabha is professor of English and Afro-American studies at Harvard University. W. J. T. Mitchell, editor of Critical Inquiry, is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of English and art history and in the Committee on Art and Design and in the College at the University of Chicago.

Introduction : locations of culture
The commitment to theory
Interrogating identity : Frantz Fanon and the postcolonial prerogative
The other question : stereotype, discrimination and the discourse of colonialism
Of mimicry and man : the ambivalence of colonial discourse
Sly civility
Signs taken for wonders : questions of ambivalence and authority under a tree outside Delhi, May 1817
Articulating the archaic : cultural difference and colonial nonsense
Dissemination : time, narrative and the margins of the modern nation
The postcolonial and the postmodern : the question of agency
By bread alone : signs of violence in the mid-nineteenth century
How newness enters the world : postmodern space, postcolonial times and the trials of cultural translation
Conclusion : 'race', time and the revision of modernity
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