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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 Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: a literary exposure of The Great Money Trick of capitalism
Friday, 03 August 2018 15:39

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: a literary exposure of The Great Money Trick of capitalism

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Jenny Farrell discusses one of the great working class novels in English literature, a literary exposure of the 'Great Money Trick' - the exploitation inherent in capitalism. Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the first important working-class novel in English literature. It was written between 1906 and 1910 and…
Emily Bronte
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 22 June 2018 22:52

Emily Brontë, Heathcliff and imagining a classless society

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Jenny Farrell discusses ‘Wuthering Heights’, and its subtle, skilful imagining of a more humane, classless society, where unequal gender difference is replaced by an equality of personhood. 30 July 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth. Her novel “Wuthering Heights” (1847) is an amazing, creative challenge to the…
'The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter': Dashiell Hammett vs. Joe McCarthy
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
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
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…
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Peter Schlemihl
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 13:46

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Peter Schlemihl

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The Eighteenth Brumaire Of Peter Schlemihl an anti-capitalist short story by Marc Nash Once upon a time ad infinitum. Once upon a time ad nauseam. Since it is important to encrypt the key archetypes; echo sustain the reverberating symbols; taxiderm the tenacious tropes; and conserve the constant conjunctures. There is…
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