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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Death of a Playwright

Friday, February 11, 2005

The death of the playwright Arthur Miller, perhaps the most influential dramatist of the twentieth century, follows soon of the heels of the passing of Susan Sontag and Jacques Derrida. The passing of this trio of brilliant intellects marks the waning influence of the radicals who came to prominence in the Cold War atmosphere of the late 1950s and '60s; who will take over their mantle, as the voices of the next generation in this new war? David Hare's Stuff Happens, though provocative, would never claim to have been as bitingly political in such a tragically recognisable domestic environment as Death of a Salesman. And what critics around today can make as humane and natural a response to drama, without getting tied up in loops of theory, as Miller did in the winding prose of his non-fictional work?

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