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Bhabha, Homi K.


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Homi K. Bhabha's work has inaugural significance in the field of postcolonial theory and was especially influential in the formative stages of the discourse as it tried to recuperate signs of subjectivity and resistance in the gap between what Benita Parry calls the “monolithic, near deliberative colonial power” and “an undifferentiated oppressed mass” (1995, 38). Bhabha was born in Bombay, India, in 1949, educated at the University of Bombay and the University of Oxford, and is at present the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor in the Department of English and American Literature at Harvard University. He is also director of the Humanities Center at Harvard. Arguably, Bhabha's most significant contribution to postcolonial literature and literary criticism is The Location of Culture (1994), a collection of his essays that includes the influential and oft-cited “The Other Question,” “Of Mimicry and Man,” “Signs Taken for Wonders,” “DissemiNation,” and “How Newness Enters the World.” Nation and Narration (1990), edited by Bhabha, is the other key text in his oeuvre, containing a variety of critical essays on national narratives. “Foreword: Remembering Fanon: Self, Psyche, and the Colonial Condition,” Bhabha's 1986 introduction to the Pluto edition of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks , played a key role in the 1980s revival of Fanon's work and in the resurgence of critical appropriations ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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