Performing Hybridity


Amid the modern-day complexities of migration and exile, immigration and repatriation, notions of stable national identity give way to ideas about cultural "hybridity". The authors represented in this volume use different forms of performative writing to question this process, to ask how the production of new political identities destabilizes ideas about gender, sexuality, and the nation in the public sphere.

Contributors use forms such as the essay, poem, photography, and case study to examine historically specific cases in which the notion of hybridity recasts our ideas of identity and performance: the struggle for Aboriginal land rights in Australia; Bahian carnival; the creolization and pidginization of language in the Caribbean world; queer videos; and others.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • May Joseph
  • Meena Alexander
  • Toby Miller
  • Fiona Foley
  • Robert Stam
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Minneapolis
Publication year:
  • 1999