Book review: Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq

Since “Atomised”, Michel Houellebecq has fit in at mainstream literature as a kind of prophet of contemporary affairs. “Prescient”, “The voice of the discontent”, “alarming” are some adjectives employed to describe the French author. Recently, he would have foreseen the French yellow-vest movement. He was so important to the extent of living under armed protection during the terrorist…

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Reading Stuart Hall in 2017

Two fresh publications feature the life and work of academic and postcolonial thinker Stuart Hall: Familiar Stranger (Allen Lane) and Selected Writings (Duke University Press). Both were reviewed by Tony Jefferson for a recent edition of Theory, Culture, and Society. On Familiar Stranger we find: “Originally conceived more than 20 years ago as a short dialogue outlining Hall’s intellectual trajectory, it…

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Book review – British Representations of Latin America, Luz Elena Ramirez

While not officially part of the British Empire, interactions between Britain and Latin America have existed in reports, literary accounts, and detail-rich descriptions. Reading a variety of 19th century British writers, we find similarities in reports from many distinct countries that constitute what we call by Latin America; countries as distinct from each other as…

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