The Location of Culture

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Art - 408 pages
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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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Its definitely good and much thought provoking, but toooooo tough/mystified/philosophical/complex to pursue.
Can't give up but can't get along either!!!
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Bhabha is ridiculously brilliant! It seems nothing less than impossible to consider and dissect the discursive, temporal, spatial and structural dissonance and disjunction that defines the moment of post-colonial iteration. Yet, Bhabha not only accomplishes this, but clearly outlines his project in the Introduction, and follows his line of reasoning and original insight to a conclusion that generates passage for other theoreticians to explore, while validating those authors whose voices comprise the "historical narratives of alterity" that embody Bhabha's acts of "projective past" like Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez.
I agree with some other reviews that Bhabha's writing style is at times opaque and somewhat repetitious, but I think this helps the reader envision his ideas in multiple terms.
It is much more readable and makes much more sense than other proclaimed 'postmodern' writers or academicians like Soja, who have tried to also formulate a discursive space for the 'Other', but whose prose becomes ridiculously lost in a sea of self-affirming statements of intellectual aggrandizement. I would choose Bhabha any day.

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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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