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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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'The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter': Dashiell Hammett vs. Joe McCarthy
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:57

'The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter': Dashiell Hammett vs. Joe McCarthy

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Phil Brett tells the story of when Dashiell Hammett faced Senator Joseph McCarthy.                               Sixty five years ago, on March 26th 1953, Dashiell Hammett, the famous novelist who was responsible for popularising the hard-boiled private eye novel,…
This harp shall never be silent: Tomás Mac Síomóin at 80
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:07

This harp shall never be silent: Tomás Mac Síomóin at 80

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Jenny Farrell marks Tomás Mac Síomóin's birthday on 19 February with an essay on this subversive, internationalist writer, who translated the Communist Manifesto into Irish, satirises  contemporary neoliberal Ireland in poetry and prose, and is ignored and unofficially censored by the Irish literary-political establishment. One of the tragedies that befell Ireland…
The Profit Motive
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:16

The Profit Motive

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The Profit Motive - Part One by Owain Holland I speak to you from a secret Government facility named 'Arthur's Grave' on Lundy Island. My name is Doctor Cynthia Doyle. The Government rounded us up. All the healthy, uninfected medical professionals they had left, and sent us here. I'm the…
Swift's satires of English colonialism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 11 December 2017 09:52

Swift's satires of English colonialism

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On his 350th anniversary, Jenny Farrell outlines how Jonathan Swift's books expressed and strengthened Ireland's cultural struggle against English colonialism. Jonathan Swift was born 350 years ago, on 30th November 1667. Swift belongs to both the literature of Ireland and to that of England. Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal…
Witness to the Revolution
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:17

Witness to the Revolution

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John Ellison sketches out the life of Maxim Gorky, the righteous, relentless witness of the revolution who evoked the wretchedness and terror of living under Tsarist violence. The life of Maxim Gorky, author of three unforgettable volumes of autobiography covering his first two decades (‘Childhood’, ‘My Apprenticeship’, and ‘My Universities’),…
Radical Children's Literature
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:11

Radical Children's Literature

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Julia Mickenberg discusses some recently published radical children's literature. As Philip Nel and I suggested in “Radical Children’s Literature Now!", the contemporary field of radical children’s literature is so large that it is impossible to encompass. Still, several recently published, self-consciously radical books that directly or indirectly aim to motivate…
End of Thrones
Monday, 12 December 2016 15:09

End of Thrones

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Tony McKenna argues that the historical necessity embedded in the story and characters of Game of Thrones means that there is only one way it can end. Winter is coming, for Game of Thrones is now approaching its denouement with the penultimate series scheduled for next year and the final one…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:46

Animal Farm: a powerfully written allegory but an untruthful, gender-blind analysis

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Following her appearance on the In Our Time radio programme discussing Orwell's Animal Farm, Professor Mary Vincent reflects on its powerfully written but fundamentally untruthful and simplistic analysis of Soviet Russia, based on Orwell's mistaken interpretation of the Spanish Civil War and his blindness to gender issues. When I picked…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:43

Communism in the gunsights

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Graham Stevenson reviews the recent In Our Time radio programme about George Orwell's Animal Farm. Melvyn Bragg's discursive radio series, In Our Time, recently considered Orwell's Animal Farm with comment from Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge, Mary Vincent, Professor of Modern European History…
The child colonisers: fanfiction and young people’s reading power
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:38

The child colonisers: fanfiction and young people’s reading power

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Dr. Lucy Pearson explores the radical potential of fanfiction for young readers and other marginalised groups, especially in a media environment which is still focused on the needs and desires of men. Children’s books are not written by children. At least, not usually: a glance at the children’s bestseller lists…
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