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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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... Anglo-Saxon pedigree. He succeeded. Morris dancing has become part of postcard England, a quintessential antidote to all that urban multi-culturalism. Central to the sustained scholarly argument of PaulGilroy’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 ...

Leave, and Leave Again

William Davies: The Brexit Mentality

7 February 2019
... of those who stand one foot in, one foot out, in particular those with the ambivalent perspective of the once colonised. If it’s never too late to learn, then there should be a rush to the works of PaulGilroy 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 ...

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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... elected black caucus threatened some delegates with assault. But he doesn’t identify any lasting damage to scholarship, least of all to the work of serious black scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, PaulGilroy, 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 ...

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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... never finds its way back to any suspense or coherence, and the finale on the rooftops of Istanbul 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 ...

In the Time of Not Yet

Marina Warner: Going East

16 December 2010
... The arts play a crucial part, Said maintained, in creating and fostering the historical memory vital in the foundation of a nation state. His argument grows in force when considered along with PaulGilroy’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 ...

One Summer in America

Eliot Weinberger

26 September 2019
... got drunk at a London wine bar and told the story to Alexander Downer, former leader of the Australian 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 ...

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