Globalizing the Self: The Aesthetics of Hybridity

  • Lingchei Letty Chen


In this final chapter I will propose and discuss a new kind of aesthetics that is grounded in textual hybridity. This aesthetics of hybridity offers a new concept of cultural identity for our fast globalizing cultural context. Hillel Schwartz argues that in our culture of copy, “authenticity can no longer be rooted in singularity.”1 When an object is deemed original or unique, it then possesses authenticity. Authenticity thus does not necessarily conflict with hybridity as a hybrid is an entirely new (thus “unique” and “original”) product of different entities. Following this line of thought, we can also argue that a hybridized artwork-narrative can be authentic because the artwork has created for itself a new “aura” or style as manifested in the work’s aesthetics.


Gender Identity Cultural Identity Indigenous Culture Authentic Identity Truth Content 
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