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

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Tue Jul 10 09:46:33 PDT 2007

Actually, apart from saying postcolonial theory is crap, I have also 
directed attention to ugly women, hermaphrodites, the ecstasy of 
melons, the avoidance of dwarfs, insanity, bombs, terrorism, empires 
(several), seashells, wedding rings, drunkeness, etc, etc.  And what 
comes back is choric motifs!  This is a book about a man's experience 
of life, and nobody wants to get close to that life.


On Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 05:35  pm, slighcl wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks!
> Charles
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> Wake Forest University
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