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Fisticuffs

Adam Lively, 10 March 1994

The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness 
by Paul Gilroy.
Verso, 261 pp., £11.95, November 1993, 0 86091 675 8
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Small Acts: Thoughts on the Politics of Black Culture 
by Paul Gilroy.
Serpent’s Tail, 257 pp., £12.99, October 1993, 9781852422981
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... antidote to all that urban multi-culturalism. Central to the sustained scholarly argument of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, and to the shorter pieces that make up his Small Acts, is an attack on ethnic absolutism, on the conflation of race and culture and the identification of the latter with a ‘tradition’ based on anteriority and ...

Leave, and Leave Again

William Davies: The Brexit Mentality, 7 February 2019

... the once colonised. If it’s never too late to learn, then there should be a rush to the works of Paul Gilroy on Britain’s ‘postcolonial melancholia’, just as there is now an embrace of Fintan O’Toole’s reflections on Britain’s sudden sense of victimhood. But even this will not bring us face to face with the sheer negativity of Brexit. In the ...

Like What Our Peasants Still Are

Landeg White: Afrocentrism, 13 May 1999

Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes 
by Stephen Howe.
Verso, 337 pp., £22, June 1998, 1 85984 873 7
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... to scholarship, least of all to the work of serious black scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Paul Gilroy, Manning Marable and Cornel West (to pick names at random). Though a few of the books he describes are undeniably nasty in their anti-semitic and psychosexual bigotry, he also tells us how that bigotry has been exposed for what it is by – yes ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘The International’, ‘Duplicity’, 9 April 2009

The International 
directed by Tom Twyker.
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Duplicity 
directed by Tony Gilroy.
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... looks as if has been rescued from an archive of prize clichés. I can’t tell the story of Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity both because I don’t want to spoil your fun – there are many fine twists to the plot, and the ending of the film takes ingenuity to a new level – and because it would hurt my head to try. There are flashbacks after flashbacks, and the ...

In the Time of Not Yet

Marina Warner: Going East, 16 December 2010

... vital in the foundation of a nation state. His argument grows in force when considered along with Paul Gilroy’s analysis in Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture.* In eloquent indignation, Gilroy sets out how ‘the wholesale privatisation of culture’ transforms the ‘mechanisms of ...

One Summer in America

Eliot Weinberger, 26 September 2019

... Liberal Party and then high commissioner to the UK. In June, Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort held a secret meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. In July, after the hacking of the Democratic National Committee was widely reported, Downer informed American intelligence about his conversation with Papadopoulos. The FBI investigated and found ...

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