Thinking Through Veils: Questions of Culture, Criticism and the Body Academic Article uri icon


  • When Homi Bhabha discusses the problematics of signification and coding in intercultural interpretation, he questions the relationship between practices and the experience of culture. By questioning the power of codes and signifiers to fix cultural identity, Bhabha allows that the stable object of culture might be caught in the disturbed artifice of its signification, that is, at the edge of experience. This suggests to theatre and performance studies that the culturally inscribed body need not be viewed as a stable repository of displaced and deferred codes. The body may be intercepted in situations, or at moments, when signification dissolves and is reconfigured.

published proceedings

  • Theatre Research International

author list (cited authors)

  • Dox, D.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Dox, Donnalee

publication date

  • January 1997