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dc.contributor.authorHaddow, Sam
dc.identifier.citationHaddow , S 2014 , ' History will eat itself: Rory Mullarkey's "Cannibals" and the terrors of end-narratives ' , Journal of Contemporary Drama in English , vol. 2 , no. 2 , pp. 275-288 .
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dc.description.abstractRory Mullarkey’s Cannibals (2013), an odyssey from post-Soviet Ukraine to contemporary Britain, catalogues the destructive power of teleological historical narratives through the eyes of a protagonist “mutilated in acts of spectacular terror” (Gray 205). This article aligns Mullarkey’s play with the anti-narrative political philosophy of John Gray, criticizing their approaches as implicitly valorising the very philosophies they purport to oppose. Offering an alternative reading of Cannibals through the lens of Alain Badiou’s Rebirth of History (2012), I contend that the play opens up a space of resistance against the totalizing impulses of the present, one in which “the power of an Idea may take root” (Badiou 15).
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dc.subjectRory Mullarkeyen
dc.subjectJohn Grayen
dc.subjectAlain Badiouen
dc.subjectPN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theateren
dc.titleHistory will eat itself: Rory Mullarkey's "Cannibals" and the terrors of end-narrativesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Englishen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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