Hybrid Discourses, Discourses of Hybridity
The concept of the “hybrid” has recently become a contentious space in discussions of identity, race relations and postmodernity. This course addresses discourses of hybridity by paying close attention to the ways in which race, class, gender and sexuality have historically come into play in the construction of social difference, and by deconstructing the essentialisms inhabiting such discourses. The cultural uses of hybridity as a utopia of (post)modernity and the implications of such uses for a politics of identity are examined. This will be achieved through an inspection of concepts such as transculturation, border-crossing, third space, performance and dialogism.