As we search for a suitable cultural lens to bridge the gap between our widely-separated texts-of-inquiry, Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture offers us what might be the best theoretical lens we’ve identified so far. Bhabha’s concerned with subjectivity in a world in which “post” has become some sort of add-on that describes more about those adding it than it does signify anything theoretically useful.
In fact, he wants us to move out of the primordial ooze and into a look at the way things change:
The move away from the singularities of ‘class’ or ‘gender’ as primary conceptual and organizational categories, has resulted in an awareness of the subject positions – of race, gender, generation, institutional location, geopolitical locale, sexual orientation – that inhabit any claim to identity in the modern world. What is theoretically innovative, and politically crucial, is the need to think beyond narratives of originary and initial subjectivities and to focus on those moments or processes that are produced in the articulation of cultural differences. These ‘in-between’ spaces provide the terrain for elaborating strategies of selfhood – singular or communal – that initiate new signs of identity, and innovative sites of collaboration, and contestation, in the act of defining the idea of society itself. (retrieved from https://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/bhabha/location1.html, for now)
The possibility of thinking “beyond narratives of originary and initial subjectivities” speaks volumes to what I tried to articulate about the idea of passing in Warm Bodies, and I think it fits what my comrades and I are looking at as we try to describes that are fluid and dynamic. This might bear some rethinking…