Saturday, October 13, 2007

The poet's guest

The glory of George Szirtes' blog this week was his take on Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize (and his comment on A General Theory of Rubbish, rightly given greater prominence with a post of its own). However, he also opened his doors to a contribution about identity politics after the Rushdie affair by a British Asian, which was prompted by George's piece on Terry Eagleton. It is well worth reading in full. This is a taste:

...‘identity politics’ would be as much about religious grievance, victimhood, self-pity, and self-interest, as about truly combatting racism, or ennobling through cultural endeavour, as any conception of a collective self-identity as a minority might do.

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