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Africa in EuropeStudies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century$
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Eve Rosenhaft and Robbie Aitken

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318474

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318474.001.0001

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Excavating Diaspora: An Interview Discussing Elleke Boehmer's Novel Nile Baby

Excavating Diaspora: An Interview Discussing Elleke Boehmer's Novel Nile Baby

(p.248) Chapter 14 Excavating Diaspora: An Interview Discussing Elleke Boehmer's Novel Nile Baby
Africa in Europe

John Masterson

Elleke Boehmer

Liverpool University Press

Elleke Boehmer’s Nile Baby (2008) is a novel which explores the layers of the African presence in Britain through the story of two London children who steal a preserved foetus which they believe to be the child of a black First World War soldier. The protagonists’ debates around what to do with their find, their relationships with their families and the discoveries they make about themselves, their own histories and the history of Africans in Britain as they attempt to return the foetus to its ‘home’ constitute an extended reflection on the interpenetration of cultures and the permutations of diasporic identity. John Masterson discusses with Elleke Boehmer the making of the novel, considered both as a creative approach to the challenge of narrating transnational connections and experiences and as the work of a distinguished postcolonial critic who is also a white African.

Keywords:   Nike Baby, children, novel, Britain, postcolonial, white African, Elleke Boehmer, John Masterson

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