Other British, Other Britain

Other British, Other Britain : Contemporary Multicultural Fiction

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Britain's colonial past stalks every corner of the world - from street-names and restaurants to second and third generation "immigrant" communities. These embrace people from backgrounds as diverse as the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Australia and New Zealand. In literary terms another Britain is being formulated, one largely but not exclusively non-white. Who have been the writers involved? What vision of Britain do they offer? How has their imagining of the culture differed? The novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah takes on two of the pre-eminent names, VS Naipaul and Salman Rushdie. In turn, Stewart Brown looks at Gurnah's own fiction, that of an East African confronting a supposed motherland. Lyn Innes considers a generation of writers who make women their focus, among them Caryl Phillips, Ravinder Randhawa, Joan Riley and Buchi Emecheta. Susheila Nasta examines the emigrant generation at the heart of Sam Sevlon's novels. Louis James evaluates the achievement of George Lamming, longtime student of an evolving multicultural Britain. A. Robert Lee considers four first-novel writers, Mike Phillips, David Dabydeen, Hanif Kureishi and Pauline Melville. A further essay compares the fiction of Timothy Mo and Kasuo Ishiguro. Finally Rod Edmond looks at the antipodean "Britishers", a tradition of Australian and New Zealand fiction.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 309g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745306454
  • 9780745306452

Table of contents

Displacement and transformation in "The Enigma of Arrival" and "The Satanic Verses", Abdulrazak Gurnah; wintering - making a home in Britain, Louis James; setting up home in a city of words - Sam Sevlon's London novels, Sucheila Nasta; 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; long day's journey - the novels of Abdulrazak Gurnah, A. Robert Lee; negotiating the self - Jewish fiction in Britain since 1945, Michael Woolf; "Launcelot's Position" - the fiction of Irish-Britain, Eamonn Hughes; "In Search of the Lost Tribe" - Janet Frame's England, Rod Edmond; England from the Antipodes - images of England in Australian fiction, 1960-1988, Gay Raines.show more

About Professor Robert Lee

Anandi Ramamurthy is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Central Lancashire.show more