Wednesday, May 17, 2006


What is this theory of encapsulation or fixation which moves between the recognition of cultural and racial difference and its disavowal, by affixing the unfamilar to something established, in a form that is repetitious and vacillates between delight and fear? It is not analagous to the Freudian fable of fetishism (and disavowal) that circulates with the discourse of colonial power, requiring the articulation of modes of differentiation -- sexual and racial -- as well as different modes of discourse -- psychoanalytic and historical? - Bhabha, 1983: 26 (from the book Fear of the Dark: 'Race', Gender and Sexuality in the Cinema by Lola Young


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