Eagleton vs. Amis
Para nadie es un misterio que Terry Eagleton mira por encima del hombro a los escritores ingleses contemporáneos, que le parecen poco comprometidos o peor aún, ideológicamente incorrectos. Ahora, con motivo de la reedición de su clásico Ideology: An Introduction, Eagleton hace un nuevo prólogo en el que arremete contra Martin Amis a raíz de un artículo sobre el Islam publicado por Amis en recuerdo del ataque a las Torres Gemelas este año. Eagleton llama "racista" a Amis y dice que "de tal palo, tal astilla". La nota en The Independent.
Actualización 05/10.- Gustavo Faverón escribe en "Puente aéreo" al respecto.
Dice la nota: "In the new introduction to the 2007 edition of his classic book, Ideology: An Introduction, Eagleton launches an impassioned attack on the views of "Amis and his ilk" who argue that the West needs to clamp down on Islam. Eagleton also attacks Amis's father Kingsley as "a racist, anti-Semitic boor, a drink-sodden, self-hating reviler of women, gays and liberals". He adds that he believes that "Amis fils has clearly learnt more from him than how to turn a shapely phrase". The spur for Eagleton's criticism is Amis's assertion that, as the Islamic population swells, "the Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order". On 10 September 2006, the day before the fifth anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York, Amis published a controversial essay entitled "The Age of Horrorism", in which he argued that fundamentalists had won the battle between Islam and Islamism. Amis has suggested "strip-searching people who look like they're from the Middle East or from Pakistan", preventing Muslims from travelling, and further down the road, deportation. "Not the ramblings of a British National Party thug," writes Eagleton, "but the reflections of Martin Amis, leading luminary of the English metropolitan literary world." He adds that 16 years ago when Ideology was first published, Amis would have recognised "the folly and ignorance of believing that authoritarianism and injustice can secure the defence of liberty". The reason for Amis's change of heart, he believes, was the "so-called War Against Terror". "It is this which has inspired a cluster of liberals and leftists in his circle ... to defend Western freedom by actively undermining it." Instead of pitting two sets of values against one another – Westernism and Islam – Eagleton argues that the "fundamental material critique" which he has pioneered throughout his career was more relevant than ever.