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About Colin MacCabe

Colin MacCabe is distinguished professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and professor of English at the University of Exeter, England.

Articles by Colin MacCabe

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Paul Gilroy: against the grain

The thinking of Paul Gilroy about race and empire, colony and homeland makes his work an essential resource for historical understanding and political reimagining, says Colin MacCabe.

London's eye on world cinema

Colin MacCabe looks back on half a century of film as the 49th London Film Festival opens today.

Zadie Smith and Salman Rushdie: writing for a new world

The latest novels of Zadie Smith and Salman Rushdie, says Colin MacCabe, adapt trusted literary models to engage afresh with the world’s political and social divisions – from campus culture wars to the Kashmir tragedy.

Mumbo-jumbo's survival instinct

In his recent book scholar-journalist Francis Wheen hilariously exposes the madness and irrationality of today's world and asks: whatever happened to the Enlightenment? But one of those he reproaches now says that Wheen himself has not gone far enough.

James Joyce's 'Ulysses': the end of masculine heroism

On the centenary of James Joyce’s “Bloomsday”, Colin MacCabe charts his discovery of the epic novel “Ulysses” as a key to unlock the century’s story: the struggle of mankind against violent domination and inequality, from human warfare to intimate sexual bonds.
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