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39 - Post-Ethnicity and the Politics of Positionality

from (II) - Framing New Visions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 December 2019

Susheila Nasta
Affiliation:
Queen Mary University of London
Mark U. Stein
Affiliation:
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
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Hollinger’s concept of ‘postethnicity’ originates in the US context and will be adapted here to capture the intense play with the interrogation, transformation and construction of ethnicity that characterizes novels by Hanif Kureishi, Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, Kit De Waal, Diran Adebayo, and Diana Evans; the concept also serves to analyse BAME-authored texts that seek to evade unambiguous ethnic markers altogether. These strategies undercut and resist the recurrent expectation for black and Asian writers to construct protagonists of unambiguous ethnicity. In the wake of a threatened return to materiality, these novels are a radical statement on the contemporary state of ethnicity and a strategy for widening the aesthetic and thematic scope available to black and Asian British literary production.

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Print publication year: 2020

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