Cultural identity and diaspora
Be sure to support your response with textual evidence and examples from the texts. I encourage your own interpretations and your own organization of your response but be sure to address the following:
For Stuart Hall’s “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”:
Hall describes “two different ways of thinking about ‘cultural identity” (223). Using evidence from the essay, how would you describe these two versions of cultural identity? Choose two texts we have studied this semester. How are these two ways of thinking about cultural identity operating in the texts?
Hall’s essay is influential in theorizing Caribbean identity. According to Hall, what are some of the defining features of Caribbean cultural identity?
Hall’s essay offers an introduction to theories of colonization and how colonial regimes construct the identity of colonized others. How does Hall describe this process, how is it relevant to some of the texts we’ve studied, and how does Hall suggest postcolonial identities work against these colonizing identities?
Be sure to give your impression of the film and your understanding of the film’s themes.
How are Hall’s different ways of thinking about cultural identity operating in the film?
An important concept in Hall’s conceptualization of diaspora is hybridity. How is the representation of Anthony’s hybridity important in the “production” of identity that the film is constructing?
Hall describes cultural identity as “points of identification”. What points of identification become important to Anthony’s understanding of identity?
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