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The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing

The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing

Susheila Nasta, Mark U. Stein, Markman Ellis, Antoinette Burton, Mona Narain, Vincent Carretta, Pallavi Rastogi, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Anna Snaith, Ruvani Ranasinha, James Procter, Javed Majeed, Colin Chambers, Alison Donnell, J. Dillon Brown, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Chris Campbell, Ashok Bery, Gail Low, Bénédicte Ledent, Henghameh Saroukhani, Sarah Lawson Welsh, Chris Weedon, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Vijay Mishra, Nicola L. Abram, Roger Bromley, Peter Morey, John McLeod, Tobias Döring, Tabish Khair, Ole Birk Laursen, Florian Stadtler, Susanne Reichl, Kate Houlden, Sarah Brouillette, John R. Coleman, Felipe Espinoza Garrido, Julian Wacker, Madhu Krishnan, Rehana Ahmed, Sara Upstone
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  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107195448

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  • The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing provides a comprehensive historical overview of the diverse literary traditions impacting on this field's evolution, from the eighteenth century to the present. Drawing on the expertise of over forty international experts, this book gathers innovative scholarship to look forward to new readings and perspectives, while also focusing on undervalued writers, texts, and research areas. Creating new pathways to engage with the naming of a field that has often been contested, readings of literary texts are interwoven throughout with key political, social, and material contexts. In making visible the diverse influences constituting past and contemporary British literary culture, this Cambridge History makes a unique contribution to British, Commonwealth, postcolonial, transnational, diasporic, and global literary studies, serving both as one of the first major reference works to cover four centuries of black and Asian British literary history and as a compass for future scholarship.

    • Provides wide-ranging overview of literary and cultural contexts informing the evolution of black and Asian British writing from eighteenth century to the twenty-first century
    • Offers analysis of little-known and often forgotten writers and texts
    • Chronological and transversal connections across periods and genres provide new ways of reading past and present
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    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107195448
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Susheila Nasta and Mark U. Stein
    Part I. New Formations: The Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth Century: Preface
    1. Narratives of resistance in the literary archives of slavery Markman Ellis
    2. Writer-travellers and fugitives: insider-outsiders Antoinette Burton
    3. Exoticisations of the self: the first 'Buddha of Suburbia' Mona Narain
    4. Black people of letters: authors, activists, abolitionists Vincent Carretta
    5. Engaging the public: photo- and print-journalism Pallavi Rastogi
    Part II. Uneven Histories: Charting Terrains in the Twentieth Century: Preface
    Section 1. Global Locals: Making Tracks at the Heart of Empire:
    6. Between the wars: Caribbean, Pan-African, and Asian networks Delia Jarrett-Macauley and Susheila Nasta
    7. Mobile modernisms: black and Asian articulations Anna Snaith
    8. Establishing material platforms in literary culture in the 1930s and 1940s Ruvani Ranasinha
    9. Transnational cultural exchange: the BBC as contact zone James Procter
    10. Political autobiography and life-writing: Gandhi, Nehru, Kenyatta, and Naidu Javed Majeed
    11. Staging early black and Asian drama in Britain Colin Chambers
    Section 2. Disappointed Citizens: The Pains and Pleasures of Exile:
    12. Looking back, looking forward: revisiting the Windrush myth Alison Donnell
    13. Double displacements, diasporic attachments: location and accommodation J. Dillon Brown
    14. Wide-angled modernities and alternative metropolitan imaginaries Mpalive-Hangson Msiska
    15. Forging collective identities: the Caribbean artists movement and the emergence of black Britain Chris Campbell
    16. Breaking new ground: many tongues, many forms Ashok Bery
    17. The lure of postwar London: networks of people, print, and organisations Gail Low
    18. Looking beyond, shifting the gaze: writers in motion Bénédicte Ledent
    Section 3. Here to Stay: Forging Dynamic Alliances:
    19. Sonic solidarities: the dissenting voices of dub Henghameh Saroukhani
    20. Vernacular voices: fashioning idiom and poetic form Sarah Lawson Welsh
    21. Narratives of survival: social realism and civil rights Chris Weedon
    22. Black and Asian British theatre taking the stage: from the 1950s to the millennium Meenakshi Ponnuswami
    23. The writer and the critic: conversations between literature and theory Vijay Mishra
    24. Forging connections: anthologies, collectives, and the politics of inclusion Nicola L. Abram
    25. Reading the 'black' in the 'Union Jack': institutionalising black and Asian British writing Roger Bromley
    Part III. Writing the Contemporary: Preface
    Section 4. Looking Back, Looking Forward:
    26. Diasporic translocations: many homes, multiple forms Peter Morey
    27. Reinventing the nation: black and Asian British representations John McLeod
    28. Reclaiming the past: Black and Asian British genealogies Tobias Döring
    29. Expanding realism, thinking new worlds Tabish Khair
    30. Writing lives, inventing selves: Black and Asian women's life-writing Ole Birk Laursen
    31. Black and Asian women's poetry: writing across generations Denise deCaires Narain
    Section 5. Framing New Visions:
    32. Through a different lens: drama, film, new media, and television Florian Stadtler
    33. Children's literature and the construction of contemporary multicultures Susanne Reichl
    34. Redefining the boundaries: black and Asian queer desire Kate Houlden
    35. Prizing otherness: black and Asian British writing in the global marketplace Sarah Brouillette and John R. Coleman
    36. Frontline fictions: popular forms from crime to grime Felipe Espinoza Garrido and Julian Wacker
    37. Reimagining Africa: contemporary figurations by African Britons Madhu Krishnan
    38. Post-secular perspectives: writing and fundamentalisms Rehana Ahmed
    39. Post-ethnicity and the politics of positionality Sara Upstone
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Susheila Nasta, Queen Mary University of London
    Susheila Nasta is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary University of London. She is the founding Editor of Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing. A pioneer in the field of postcolonial writing, she received an MBE for her services to black and Asian literatures in 2011. She has published over twelve books, directed major award-winning research projects, and judged numerous literary prizes.

    Mark U. Stein, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    Mark U. Stein is Professor of English, Postcolonial, and Media Studies at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany where he founded the interdisciplinary M.A. in National and Transnational Studies. His research interests include diaspora, transnational, and postcolonial studies. He has published ten books, including Black British Literature: Novels of Transformation (2004).

    Contributors

    Susheila Nasta, Mark U. Stein, Markman Ellis, Antoinette Burton, Mona Narain, Vincent Carretta, Pallavi Rastogi, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Anna Snaith, Ruvani Ranasinha, James Procter, Javed Majeed, Colin Chambers, Alison Donnell, J. Dillon Brown, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Chris Campbell, Ashok Bery, Gail Low, Bénédicte Ledent, Henghameh Saroukhani, Sarah Lawson Welsh, Chris Weedon, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Vijay Mishra, Nicola L. Abram, Roger Bromley, Peter Morey, John McLeod, Tobias Döring, Tabish Khair, Ole Birk Laursen, Florian Stadtler, Susanne Reichl, Kate Houlden, Sarah Brouillette, John R. Coleman, Felipe Espinoza Garrido, Julian Wacker, Madhu Krishnan, Rehana Ahmed, Sara Upstone

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