[ilds] RG Bitter Lemons -- post- ("with such dexterity")

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Tue Jul 10 09:35:32 PDT 2007

On 7/10/2007 11:27 AM, Pamela Francis wrote:

>I would suggest, for general reading, Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffith, and 
>Helen Tiffin's Post-Colonial Studies: the Key Concepts, Routledge, 1998.  It 
>is quite handy and has an excellent entry on the post-colonial/postcolonial 
>issue.  Also, you can read the relevant material on Amazon books--I think 
>Google has scanned the relevant pages too.
Okay, Pamela.  That is a bit more specific.  But could you offer a 
specific example or two of a postcolonial insight into "Voices at the 
Tavern Door"?    How do you or another postcolonial critic show us 
something new and valid about General Envy, Clito, Frangos, and Durrell?  

I make this request because, in truth, our discussion of this topic has 
failed to proceed beyond tit-for-tat assertions.  One camp says 
poscolonial "/does/."  One camp says postcolonial "/does not/."  That 
is, we are merely /telling/, not /showing/.  I would prefer to find 
someone showing us in the most concrete terms possible how a 
postcolonial reading brings new light to /Bitter Lemons/.   Perhaps a 
highly-particularized working analysis of the encounter between Durrell 
and Frangos could help us judge better?

I do not mean to put you on the spot, Pamela.  But then by your email 
and your article I judge that you have made a recent tour of 
postcolonial scholarship.   Help to show us what is what in "Voices at 
the Tavern Door."

Any other contributions are welcome and appreciated.



Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu

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