In "Location of Culture," Homi Bhabha sets out the conceptual imperative and political consistency of the post-colonial intellectual project. In a provocative series of essays, Bhabha explains why the post-colonial critique has altered forever the landscape of postmodern discourse.
"Location of Culture" examines the displacement of the colonist's ligitimizing cultural authority; the margins of Western "civility" put under colonial stress; the complex cultural and political boundaries which exist between the spheres of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the place of language, psychic affect, and narrative discourse in the construction of social authority and cultural identity.
Bhabha investigates a diverse range of texts in a bold attempt to specify the moment and the place of both colonial and post-colonial perspectives. He discusses writers such as Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie; historical documents such as those on the Indian Mutiny and by missionaries; race riots and nationhood; and he builds on the work of important cultural theorists such as Frantz Fanon and Edward Said.
'Bhabha is that rare thing, a reader of enormous subtlety and wit, a theorist of uncommon power. His work is a landmark in the exchange between ages, genres and cultures; the colonial, post-colonial, modernist and postmodern.' - Edward Said
|Introduction: Locations of culture||p. 1|
|The commitment to theory||p. 19|
|Interrogating identity: Frantz Fanon and the postcolonial prerogative||p. 40|
|The other question: Stereotype, discrimination and the discourse of colonialism||p. 66|
|Of mimicry and man: The ambivalence of colonial discourse||p. 85|
|Sly civility||p. 93|
|Signs taken for wonders: Questions of ambivalence and authority under a tree outside Delhi, May 1817||p. 102|
|Articulating the archaic: Cultural difference and colonial nonsense||p. 123|
|DissemiNation: Time, narrative and the margins of the modern nation||p. 139|
|The postcolonial and the postmodern: The question of agency||p. 171|
|By bread alone: Signs of violence in the mid-nineteenth century||p. 198|
|How newness enters the world: Postmodern space, postcolonial times and the trials of cultural translation||p. 212|
|Conclusion: 'Race', time and the revision of modernity||p. 236|
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Series: Routledge Classics
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th March 1994
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.6