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Postmodern Literature and Race

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Bill Ashcroft, Madhu Dubey, David James, Bran Nicol, Peter Morey, Abigail Ward, John N. Duvall, Len Platt, Vedrana Velickovic, David Witzling, David Punter, Tim Engles, Nick Bentley, Samuel Cohen, Philip Tew, Sue J. Kim, Sara Upstone
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107042483

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  • Postmodernism and Race explores the question of how dramatic shifts in conceptions of race in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been addressed by writers at the cutting edge of equally dramatic transformations of literary form. An opening section engages with the broad question of how the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial discourses, while later segments focus on central critical domains within this field: race and performativity, race and the contemporary nation, and postracial futures. With essays on a wide range of contemporary writers, including Bernadine Evaristo, Alasdair Gray, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Levy, and Don DeLillo, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics and aesthetics of contemporary writing.

    • Positions contemporary literary aesthetics in relation to important social and political issues
    • Draws on both postmodern and postcolonial critical practices
    • Approaches postmodern literature in relation to contested concepts of racial identity
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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107042483
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Critical histories: postcolonialism, postmodernism and race Bill Ashcroft
    2. Race and the crisis of the postmodern social novel Madhu Dubey
    3. Worlded localisms: cosmopolitics writ small David James
    4. Yellows, blacks, blues: the seductions of (black) postmodern detective fiction Bran Nicol
    5. Performing identity: intertextuality, race and difference in the South Asian novel in English Peter Morey
    6. Performing race in Caryl Phillips's Dancing in the Dark Abigail Ward
    7. Appropriate appropriation?: Ishmael Reed's hoodoo and Flannery O'Connor's artificial negroes John N. Duvall
    8. 'How Scottish I am': Alasdair Gray, race and neo-nationalism Len Platt
    9. 'Justabit fascist': Dubravka Ugrešić, cosmopolitanism and the post-Yugoslav condition Vedrana Velickovic
    10. Postmodern prose and the discourse of the 'cultural Jew': the cases of Mailer and Foer David Witzling
    11. Race, comedy and tourism: the hideous embarrassments of Will Self's The Butt David Punter
    12. White male nostalgia in Don DeLillo's Underworld Tim Engles
    13. Postmodern revisions of Englishness: Rushdie, Barnes, Ballard Nick Bentley
    14. The whiteness of David Foster Wallace Samuel Cohen
    15. After the first decade: revisiting the work of Zadie Smith Philip Tew
    16. Racial neoliberalism and whiteness in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow Sue J. Kim
    17. 'Some kind of black': black British historiographic metafictions and the postmodern politics of race Sara Upstone.

  • Editors

    Len Platt, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Len Platt is Professor of Modern Literatures at Goldsmiths, University of London. His publications include Aristocracies of Fiction: The Idea of Aristocracy in Late-Nineteenth-Century and Early-Twentieth-Century Literature; Musical Theater and American Culture (with David Walsh); Musical Comedy on the West End Stage, 1880–1939; Joyce, Race and Finnegans Wake; and the edited collection Modernism and Race.

    Sara Upstone, Kingston University, Surrey
    Sara Upstone is Associate Professor of English Literature at Kingston University, London. Her publications include Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel; British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices; and the edited collection Postcolonial Spaces: The Politics of Place in Contemporary Culture (with Andrew Teverson).


    Bill Ashcroft, Madhu Dubey, David James, Bran Nicol, Peter Morey, Abigail Ward, John N. Duvall, Len Platt, Vedrana Velickovic, David Witzling, David Punter, Tim Engles, Nick Bentley, Samuel Cohen, Philip Tew, Sue J. Kim, Sara Upstone

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