Gibraltarian Hauntologies: Spectres of Colonialism in the Fiction of M. G. Sanchez

Habermann, Ina. (2020) Gibraltarian Hauntologies: Spectres of Colonialism in the Fiction of M. G. Sanchez. Open Library of the Humanities, 6 (1). p. 19.

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This essay discusses two novels by Gibraltarian writer M. G. Sanchez, Jonathan Gallardo (2015) and Solitude House (2015). In both novels, the protagonists are haunted by ghosts from the past, emerging from otherworlds, or parallel worlds, whose boundaries have become permeable. I argue that Sanchez's literary otherworlds offer an incisive critique of border consciousness and residual colonialism in Gibraltar. In terms of genre, Sanchez's writing oscillates between the postcolonial gothic and magical realism. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's concept of 'hauntology', I argue that Gibraltar itself emerges as a spectre of colonialism, reminding both Britain and Europe of their history of colonial exploitation that comes back to haunt them in the shape of the victims of global carbon capitalism.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Modern Literature (Habermann)
UniBasel Contributors:Habermann, Ina
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Open Library of Humanities
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