Thursday, April 23, 2015

Who's Story Will Be Told?

This photo represents immigration, a new beginning, and a movement of culture from one place to another. In a way, creating a new culture by contact. I chose to search for “immigrant” when picking a picture for this post because I thought it best represented this quote from the reading: “Where, once, the transmission of national traditions was the major theme of a world literature, perhaps we can now suggest that transnational histories of migrants, the colonized, or political refugees-these border and frontier conditions- may be the terrains of new world literature” (Bhabha 12).

This quote in particular, stuck out to me. The Bhabha reading was centered around the idea of multiculturalism and the representation of culture. Who’s stories are told, how they are represented and who gets to tell them… This also ties in with another important aspect of the Introduction, that there are competing factors within ethnic groups to express their cultures, as well as the overall competitiveness between different groups to represent their culture. Bhabha stresses the importance for cultural differences, however he makes sure that it is understood the difficulties in achieving this. 

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1 comment:

  1. Ok... I think after class you can probably see that Bhabha might revise your notion of "comptetitveness" into something more like "difference." Basically, even though there are power imbalances and atrocities underlying colonialism, no culture is "pure" or fully itself: every culture is understood in relationship to its other(s), and every culture gets its meaning and sense of home from its borderlands, and the connective tissue between itself and those who are considered foreign.