Tony McKibbin writes for magazines and journals worldwide.

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The Idiots

Inviting Stupidity

In one scene in The Idiots, the leader of a group of people who have decided to take time out to find their inner idiot says that in the stone age people who were physically or mentally deemed deficient would be dead. But now Stoffer (Jens Albinus) believes that they are the future without quite explaining why. But perhaps it rests on the group’s formulation of what an idiot happens to be: s…


Dream Story

The Principles of Pleasure

Reading through a series of Arthur Schnitzler novellas alongside Dream Story, (Traumnovelle) including Mother and Son, A Confirmed Bachelor and The Spring Sonata, we can see that what the others gain in feeling, they lose in ambiguity and originality. While the latter are character studies with suspense, Dream Story is closer to a reverie that may or may not be actualized. While in A Confirmed Bac…




If we can choose our friends but can’t choose our family, at least we can choose to give our inheritance to those we care about over those we might share a couple of features with. What we have in common with our brothers and sisters, mother and father, is often no more than a nose or a skin tone, hair colouring or a similar jawline. I would notice some of these features were present and cor…


A Family Supper

The Necessary Testing of the Hypothesis

In his essay 'Structuralism and Literary Criticism', Gerard Genette interestingly and judiciously discusses Structuralism, acknowledging its importance while indicating its potential limits. “Literature had long enough been regarded as a message without a code for it to become necessary to regard it for a time as a code without a message.” Yet he also says, “the prejudice…

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