Even though in Lone Star we have a successful, nuanced portrayal of la frontera on film, the condition that Patricia Limerick laments in "The Adventures of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century" still looms large; the traditional story of the frontier, with its simplistic dichotomies and black and white hats, seems to occupy our cultural forebrain and so, lingers unregenerately
in our public imagination.
A too-often forgotten feature of Irish colonial history, Said reminds us, is the extent to which "a whole tradition of British and European thought has considered the Irish to be a separate and inferior race, usually unregenerately
barbarian, often delinquent and primitive" (1993, 236).
Neither do the much smaller nature morte dry prints recently exhibited in London, which for many people familiar with Horsfield's work may look like a drastic turnaround, if not a retrograde return to the pictorialist, the decorative, the unregenerately