The Location of Culture

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Routledge, Oct 12, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 440 pages
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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. In The Location of Culture, he 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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Contents

Locations of culture
1
1 The commitment to theory
28
Frantz Fanon and the postcolonial prerogative
57
Stereotype discrimination and the discourse of colonialism
94
The ambivalence of colonial discourse
121
5 Sly civility
132
Questions of ambivalence and authority under a tree outside Delhi May 1817
145
Cultural difference and colonial nonsense
175
Time narrative and the margins of the modern nation
199
The question of agency
245
Signs of violence in the midnineteenth century
283
Postmodern space postcolonial times and the trials of cultural translation
303
Race time and the revision of modernity
338
Notes
368
Index
397
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Homi K Bhabha (1949- ) Born into the Parsi community of Bombay, Bhabha is a leading voice in postcolonial studies. He is currently Professor of English and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University

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