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Response paper I - Daniel Dunlap Americas Diverse Culture...

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Daniel Dunlap 1/25/2011 America’s Diverse Culture Response Paper: Of Mimicry and Man Homi Bhabha’s, “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse,” is a deconstructive and theoretically based essay, with a historical perspective. Bhabha’s argument is suggested within the title itself, and in the briefest sense, argues that mimicry in post- enlightenment, colonial discourse revolves around ambivalence. The author builds on this argument by suggesting that the English approach of colonial discourse, which he calls mimicry, is used to aid in establishing dominance over those being colonized, but this discourse inevitably backfires revealing a fundamental weakness that breaks down imperial authority. To understand this argument it is important to understand what Bhabha means by mimicry, which I took to understand as a colonized peoples attempt to emulate their colonizers culture, dress, philosophies, etc. This mimicry can be problematic or as Bhabaha states, “The menace of
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