Postcolonial melancholy

Postcolonial melancholy A reply to Luke Gibbons Francis Mulhern Luke Gibbons (RP67) certainly has a way with words, especially those of others; his representation of my views (RP65) is something less than fastidious. l However, there is little value in dwelling much on this; an appropriately detailed self-defence would consist mainly of requotation. Interested readers […]

Dialogue Without the Other?

Dialogue Without the Other? A Reply to Francis Mulhern Luke Gibbons Condemning national values has a different meaning depending on whether one lives in a little country (one’s own) in the orbit ofanother, larger one, or whether one lives abroad, in a third country, where one is – where one believes oneself to be – […]

A Nation, Yet Again

A Nation, Yet Again The Field Day Anthology Francis Mulhern Anthologies are strategic weapons in literary politics. Authored texts of all kinds – poems, novels, plays, reviews, analyses – play more or less telling parts in a theatre of shifting alliances and antagonisms, but anthologies deploy a special type of rhetorical force: the simulation of […]