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Magic realism

Here I want to record the following passage that concludes an essay discussing “magical realism” (I prefer magic realism–less clunky) as a narrative mode that, to varying degrees and with varying outcomes, (in simplistic terms) unites the real with the unreal. Magic realism … Continue reading

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Library

All right, I have put up a Library page, which I’ll add to over the next couple of weeks while I have a bit of time to do extra stuff. So far I’m offering it in semi-annotated MLA format (roughly) … Continue reading

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black humour and The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Last night we broke our usual routine and went out in the appropriately cold and rainy night to see The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Langham Court Theatre. This post is not a review, but it is a response, which … Continue reading

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The problem with Marxism

. . . is that there is one explanation for every problem: real conditions, and the assumption that the material base is knowable. From notes: Society should change, but it shouldn’t affect me; Marx’s utopia has nobody at the bottom; … Continue reading

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Eagleton’s list

(a) the process of production of meanings, signs and values in social life; (b) a body of ideas characteristic of a particular social group or class; (c) ideas which help to legitimate a dominant political power; (d) false ideas which … Continue reading

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notes toward annotations

Ideology –structure the approach according to a few theorists on ideology? How to organise it around Althusser? Add nuances? Off the top: Klein; Jameson for sure. (Especially Jameson on Utopia) Here’s Eagleton: Whenever one is pondering the meaning of some … Continue reading

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in medias res

From class notes: for a bit of psychoanalysis on utopia And I will attribute the following words to EC, as they are probably a mix of paraphrase and some direct quotations, perhaps with my own intermittent responses. (re: Lacan) . … Continue reading

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