Other Britain, Other British

Other Britain, Other British : Contemporary Multicultural Fiction

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'Other Britain, Other British is a useful and significant book, the first that I know of specifically concerned with how British literature is changing and being redefined by its minorities, immigrants, Commonwealth relations, and by such ideas as multiculturalism and postcolonialism.' World Literature Today Britain may have ceded empire and colonies, but its colonial past permeates every corner of the land - from street-names and restaurants to second and third generation 'immigrant' communities - embracing a diversity of peoples from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In literary and cultural terms, another Britain - largely but not exclusively non-white - is being formulated. How has the changing make-up of population and self-expression found voice in literature and literary fiction? In this wide ranging study of post-colonial and immigrant writing in Britain, ten contributors - including Booker shortlist nominee Abdulrazak Gurnah - examine the extent to which Britain's colonial heritage has shaped present-day formulations of British culture. Covering the work of key writers - including Timothy Mo, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Caryl Phillips, Hanif Kureishi, Kazuo Ishiguro and David Dabydeen - this collection explores how such writers bring very different critical sensibilities to bear on literary conventions. Also examined are the literary contributions of writers from Jewish Britain, Irish-Britain and Australasian Britain.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745306462
  • 9780745306469
  • 1,772,031

About A. Robert Lee

A. Robert Lee is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo, having previously taught at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His previous Pluto Press books include A Permanent Etcetera: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Post-War America (1993), Other Britain, Other British: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction (1995) and Beat Generation Writers (1996).show more

Table of contents

Introduction A Robert Lee (University of Kent at Canterbury) Displacement and Transformation in 'The Enigma of Arrival' and 'The Satanic Verses' Abdulrazak Gurnah (University of Kent at Canterbury) Wintering: Making a Home in Britain Louis James (University of Kent at Canterbury) Setting up Home in a City of Words: Sam Sevlon's London Novels Sucheila Nasta (Queen Mary and Westfield College, Univ of London) Changing the Script: Sex, Lies and Videotapes in Hanif Kureishi, David Dabydeen and Mike Phillips A.Robert Lee New Nations, New Selves: The Novels of Timothy Mo and Kazuo Ishiguro Laura Hall (University of California at Berkeley) Long Day's Journey: The Novels of Abdulrazak Gurnah A Robert Lee Negotiating the Self: Jewish Fiction in Britain since 1945 Michael Woolf (Director, Council for International Exchange, London) 'Launcelot's Position': The Fiction of Irish-Britain Eamonn Hughes (Queen's University Belfast) 'In Search of the Lost Tribe': Janet Frame's England Rod Edmond (University of Kent at Canterbury) England from the Antipodes: Images of England in Australian Fiction, 1960-1988 Gay Raines (University of Kent at Canterbury) Notes and References Notes on Contributors Indexshow more