Publisher description for The location of culture / Homi K. Bhabha ; with a new preface by the author.


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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.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Literature, Modern -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Imperialism in literature.
Colonies in literature.
Developing countries -- In literature.
Culture conflict in literature.
Politics and culture.