Homi K. Bhabha's Postcolonial Theory

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Postcolonial theory is a literary theory or critical approach that deals and concerns with any literature produced in countries that are/were colonized, especially by the European countries. Postcolonial theory concerns and studies the texts that are/were "produced by writers from countries with a history of colonialism" at the same time deals with texts "produced during colonialism" (McLeod, 33). "…the term post-colonial might provide a different way of understanding colonial relations: no longer a simple binary opposition, black colonized vs. white colonizers; Third World vs. the West, but an engagement with all the varied manifestations of colonial power, including those in settler colonies." (Ashcroft et al. 2004, The Empire Writes Back) (200). Robert Young the author of Post-colonialism - a historical introduction (2001) states that "postcolonial theory is always concerned with the positive and the negative effects of the mixing of peoples and cultures" (Young 69).…show more content…
It also refers to a simultaneous attraction toward and repulsion from an object, person or action" (Young 1995: 161). Homi K. Bhabha was the one who tried to adapt this term to the colonial discourse theory. "Ambivalence is not only because of the relation between the colonized and colonizer, but also the reason for the fact that the colonized want to be equal as the colonizer. In consequence, to be equal to the colonizer, the colonized must do such state of imitation or mimicry" (Tyson, 2006:427). The term refers to the complexities of the relations between the colonized and the colonizers. In addition, "ambivalence does not only represent the different thoughts that appear at the same time but also can represent the contrast feeling toward society. The contrast feeling toward society occurs toward racial groups and other social groups" (Larsen,
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