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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.


'This excellent collection of essays engages fully and seriously with the wealth, complexity, and variety of British writing created by authors of African, Asian and Caribbean descent. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to acknowledge and understand the diversity of British literature and culture and its development over the past 250 years.'

Lyn Innes - Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures, University of Kent

'This groundbreaking book of essays is a must-have for all editors, critics and literary editors who need to know this literary history, and all university and other libraries, and writers and readers.'

Bernardine Evaristo - Brunel University, London

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  • The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing
    pp i-ii
  • The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Dedication
    pp v-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-xi
  • Notes on Contributors
    pp xii-xxii
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
    pp xxiii-xxiv
  • Introduction
    pp 1-22
  • Part I - New Formations
    pp 23-94
  • The Eighteenth To The Early Twentieth Century
  • 1 - Narratives of Resistance in the Literary Archives of Slavery
    pp 25-39
  • 2 - Writer-Travellers and Fugitives
    pp 40-53
  • Insider Outsiders
  • 3 - Exoticisations of the Self
    pp 54-67
  • The First Buddha Of Suburbia
  • 4 - Black People of Letters
    pp 68-82
  • Authors Activists Abolitionists
  • 5 - Engaging the Public
    pp 83-94
  • Photo And Print Journalism
  • Part II - Uneven Histories
    pp 95-432
  • Charting Terrains In The Twentieth Century
  • (I) - Global Locals
    pp 97-192
  • Making Tracks At The Heart Of Empire
  • 6 - Between the Wars
    pp 99-115
  • Caribbean Pan African And Asian Networks
  • 7 - Mobile Modernisms
    pp 116-131
  • Black And Asian Articulations
  • 8 - Establishing Material Platforms in Literary Culture in the 1930s and 1940s
    pp 132-147
  • 9 - Transnational Cultural Exchange
    pp 148-162
  • The BBC As Contact Zone
  • 10 - Political Autobiography and Life-Writing
    pp 163-179
  • Gandhi Nehru Kenyatta And Naidu
  • 11 - Staging Early Black and Asian Drama in Britain
    pp 180-192
  • (II) - Disappointed Citizens
    pp 193-310
  • The Pains And Pleasures Of Exile
  • 12 - Looking Back, Looking Forward
    pp 195-211
  • Revisiting The Windrush Myth
  • 13 - Double Displacements, Diasporic Attachments
    pp 212-226
  • Location And Accommodation
  • 14 - Wide-Angled Modernities and Alternative Metropolitan Imaginaries
    pp 227-245
  • 16 - Breaking New Ground
    pp 263-277
  • Many Tongues Many Forms
  • 17 - The Lure of Postwar London
    pp 278-295
  • Networks Of People Print And Organisations
  • 18 - Looking Beyond, Shifting the Gaze
    pp 296-310
  • Writers In Motion

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