A Critical Theorist, Homi Bhabha

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A critical theorist, Homi Bhabha, focuses on the issues of human identity and how it forms differences between cultures. Using these topics as a basis of analysis, we can look at Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation as a visual representation of Bhabha’s theories. By creating a film that is less about dialogue and dependent upon relaying a feeling, she uses the distinction between cultures to elicit the feeling of disconnect. Lost in Translation can be analyzed through the lens of Homi Bhabha by applying his theories on human identity and cultural differences, specifically Coppola’s use of stereotypes, how the cultural differences lead to a sense of class hierarchy, and how the different characters handle the disconnect between Westerners and the Japanese. Homi Bhabha tackles many different issues relating to the topics of cultural differences, stereotypes and also post colonialism. He views the human identity as an image, playing into stereotypes and how they identify who you are. Stereotypes are the mold people use to judge others by. In specific, he references Asian culture and how Westerners have pigeonholed them into being an Other. As our communication with the world has become easier and faster, we have gained more access to other cultures. Yet in this postmodern world “there has been a reinforcement of stereotypes by which the Orient is viewed” (Bhabha 46). This plays into the distinction between Self, or your own identity, and the Other. There is a desire to
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