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Race and Antiracism in Black British and British Asian Literature$
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Dave Gunning

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314827

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316258

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Race and Antiracism in Black British and British Asian Literature
Liverpool University Press

This book has explored how antiracism has shaped the form and content of both political debate and individual minority identities in contemporary Britain by analysing ten contemporary novels by black British and British Asian authors. It has also discussed multiculturalism, which remains the dominant mode of antiracism in Britain, and its problematic nature owing to its multiple and often conflicting meanings. Each of the writers considered in this book, from Mike Phillips to Ferdinand Dennis, Caryl Phillips, Zadie Smith, and Gautam Malkani, has a very different relationship to both antiracism and multiculturalism. The book has also examined antiracist identity by looking at the diasporic longing for an African homeland, the otherness of Muslim Britons, and the reification of ethnicity into fixed communal structures.

Keywords:   Britain, antiracism, novels, British Asian authors, Muslim Britons, ethnicity, Mike Phillips, Ferdinand Dennis, Caryl Phillips, Zadie Smith

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