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Secondary Reading List: Postcolonial London

Postcolonial London, 2017/18, Semester 2
Professor John McLeod
j.m.mcleod@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

[NB - Extracts from several of these texts can be found in the 'Additional Secondary Resources' section of the module'sVLE resource.]

Studies of, or which include material about, postcolonial London culture

Nick Bentley, Radical fictions : the English novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007).

John Clement Ball, Imagining London : postcolonial fiction and the transnational metropolis (University of Toronto Press, 2004).

J. Dillon Brown, Migrant modernism : postwar London and the West Indian novel (University of Virginia Press, 2013).

Ashley Dawson, Mongrel nation : diasporic culture and the making of postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Mark Ellis, Writing home : black writing in Britain since the War (Ibidem, 2007).

Mark Fisher and Ursula Owen (eds.), Whose cities? (Penguin, 1991)—esp. essays by David Dabydeen and Mike Phillips.

Paul Gilroy, There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack (Routledge, 1987).

_______, Small acts : thoughts on the politics of black cultures (Serpent’s Tail, 1993), pp. 74-85 available as an online course reading in the VLE

_______, ‘A London sumting dis ...’, Critical quarterly , 41 (3), 1999, pp. 57-69.

Sarah Lawson Welsh, ‘(Un)belonging Citizens, Unmapped Territory : Black Immigration and British Identity in the Post-1945 Period’ in Not On Any Map: Essays on Postcoloniality and Cultural Nationalism , ed. Stuart Murray (University of Exeter Press, 1997), pp. 43-61.

John McLeod (ed.), ‘Postcolonial London’, special edition of Kunapipi , XXI (2), 1999.

John McLeod , Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (Routledge, 2004).

Lawrence Phillips, London narratives : post-war fiction and the city (Continuum, 2006).

Michael Perfect, Contemporary fictions of multiculturalism : diversity and the millennial London novel (Palgrave, 2014)

James Procter , Dwelling places : postwar black British writing (Manchester University Press, 2003).

Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips, Windrush : the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain (London: HarperCollins, 1998).

Ron Ramdin, Reimagining Britain : 500 Years of Black and Asian History (London: Pluto, 1999).

Sukhdev Sandhu, London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City (HarperCollins, 2003).

Anna Marie Smith, New Right discourse on race and sexuality : Britain, 1968-1990 ( Cambridge , 1994).

Rashmi Varma, The postcolonial city and its subjects : London, Nairobi, Bombay (Routledge, 2012)

Jerry White, London in the twentieth century : a city and its people (Penguin, 2001).

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Relevant general scholarship

Steven Connor, The English novel in history 1950-1995 (Routledge, 1995)—esp. chapter ‘Outside In’.

Malcolm Cross and Michael Keith (eds.), Racism, the city and the state (Routledge, 1993) — esp. chapters 1,2 &11.

James Donald, Imagining the Modern City (London: The Athlone Press, 1999).

Alison Donnell (ed.), Companion to contemporary Black British culture (Routledge, 2001).

Carole Boyce Davies, Black women, writing and identity : migrations of the subject (Routledge,1994).

Lars Ekstein et al. (eds.), Multi-ethnic Britain 2000+ : new perspectives in literature, film and the arts (Rodopi, 2008).

Simon Gikandi, Maps of Englishness : writing identity in the culture of colonialism (Columbia , 1996).

Paul Gilroy, After empire : melancholia or convivial culture? (Routledge, 2004).

Dave Gunning, Race and antiracism in black British and British Asian literature (Liverpool University Press, 2010).

Stuart Hall, ‘New Ethnicities’ in Stuart Hall : Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies , ed. David Morley (Routledge, 1996). Available as an online course reading in the VLE

Michael Keith and Steve Pile (eds.), Place and the politics of identity (Routledge, 1993) — esp. ch. 1 & 2.

Russell King, John Connell and Paul White (eds.), Writing across worlds : literature and migration (Routledge, 1995).

John McLeod , Beginning postcolonialism (MUP, 2000); see chapter 7, ‘Diaspora Identities’.

Laura Ngcobo (ed.), Let it be told : essays by black women in Britain (Virago).

James Procter , Writing black Britain, 1948-1998 : an interdisciplinary anthology (MUP, 2000). [lots of excellent materials in this book; copy in School of English library]

Jonathan Raban, Soft City (Collins, 1974).

Alan Sinfield, Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain (Blackwell, 1989).

Mark Stein, Black British literature : novels of transformation (University of Ohio Press, 2004).

John J. Su, Imagination and the contemporary novel (Cambridge University Press, 2011) -- esp chapter 4: 'Hybridity, Enterprise Culture, and the Fiction of Multicultural Britain'.

Hana Wirth-Nesher, City codes : reading the modern urban novel ( Cambridge , 1996)—See ‘Introduction: Reading Cities’.

Wolfreys, Julian, Writing London : the trace of the urban text from Blake to Dickens (Basingstoke and London: Macmillan, 1998).

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Selected Reading for Primary Texts

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

Nick Bentley, Radical fictions : the English novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007) – see chapter 8.

David Dabydeen and Nana Wilson-Tagoe, A reader's guide to West Indian and Black British literature (Dangaroo, 1987) - esp. chaper ‘The Immigrant Experience: Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners ’.

J. Dillon Brown, Migrant modernism : postwar London and the West Indian novel (University of Virginia Press, 2013).

Ashley Dawson, Mongrel nation : diasporic culture and the making of postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Mark Ellis, Writing home : black writing in Britain since the War (Ibidem, 2007)

George Lamming, ‘The Coldest Spring in Fifty Years: Thoughts on Sam Selvon and London ’, Kunapipi , XX (1), 1998, pp. 4-10.

Mark Looker, Atlantic passages : history, community, and language in the fiction of Sam Selvon (Peter Lang, 1996) - esp. chapter 3, ‘Inventing Black London’.

John McLeod , Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (Routledge, 2004).

Susheila Nasta (ed.), Critical perspectives on Sam Selvon (Three Continents, 1988).

_______, ‘ Setting up home in a city of words : Sam Selvon's London novels ’ in Tiger's triumph : celebrating Sam Selvon , ed. Susheila Nasta and Anna Rutherford (Dangaroo, 1995), pp. 78-95. Reprinted in A. Robert Lee (ed.), Other Britain, other British : contemporary multicultural fiction .

Lawrence Phillips, London narratives : post-war fiction and the city (Continuum, 2006) – see chapter 5.

James Procter , Dwelling places : postwar black British writing (Manchester University Press, 2003).

Kenneth Ramchand, ‘Song of Innocence, Song of Experience: Samuel Selvon's The Lonely Londoners as a Literary Work’, World literature written in English , 21(3), pp. 644-654.

Clement H. Wyke, Sam Selvon's dialectical style and fictional strategy (British Columbia, 1991).

Buchi Emecheta, Second-class citizen

Ashley Dawson, Mongrel nation : diasporic culture and the making of postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Buchi Emecheta, Head Above Water (Heinemann, 1986). [Emecheta’s autobiography]

Olga Kenyon, Writing women : contemporary women novelists (Pluto, 1991) — Chapter 8, ‘Buchi Emecheta and Black Immigrant Experience in Britain’.

John McLeod , Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (Routledge, 2004).

Lawrence Phillips, London narratives : post-war fiction and the city (Continuum, 2006) – see chapter 5.

Susanne Pichler , Buchi Emecheta's "London novels" : an intercultural approach (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2001).

Omar Sougou, ‘The Experience of an African Woman in Britain : A Reading of Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen’ in Crisis and creativity in the new literatures in English. Canada , ed. Davis and Maes- Jelinek (Rodopi, 1990), pp. 511-522.

Marie Umeh (ed.), Emerging perspectives on Buchi Emecheta (Africa World Press, 1996) — has a couple of good essays on S-CC .

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tings an times : selected poems

Ashley Dawson, ‘Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Dub Poetry and the Political Aesthetics of Carnival in Britain ’, Small Axe , 21, 2006, pp. 54-69 – highly recommended, and available online at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/small_axe/v011/11.1dawson.pdf

Ashley Dawson, Mongrel nation : diasporic culture and the making of postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Christian Habekost, Verbal riddim : the politics and aesthetics of African-Caribbean dub poetry (Rodopi, 1993).

John McLeod , Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (Routledge, 2004).

Linton Kwesi Johnson in conversation with John La Rose in Changing Britannia : life experience with Britain , ed. by Roxy Harris and Sarah White (New Beacon, 1999), pp. 51-79 [available from me.]

Linton Kwesi Johnson, 'Writing Reggae: Poetry, Politics and Popular Culture', Moving worlds. : Journal of Transcultural Writings 6 (1), 2006, pp. 2-18.

Henghameh Saroukhani, 'Penguinizing Dub: Paratextual Frames for Transnational Protest in Linton Kwsi Johnson's Mi Revalueshanary Fren', Journal of postcolonial writing. , 51 (3), 2015, pp. 256-268.

Bruce Woodcock , “I’ll show you something to make you change your mind”: Post-Colonial Translations of the Streets of London’, Kunapipi XXI (2), 1999, pp. 57-65.

[See also the relevant historical sections in James Procter (ed.), Writing black Britain, 1948-1998 : an interdisciplinary anthology (MUP, 2000).]

Hanif Kureishi, The buddha of suburbia

Suresh Renjen Bald, ‘Negotiating Identity in the Metropolis: Generational Differences in South Asian British Fiction’ in Writing across worlds : literature and migration , ed. Russell King et.al. (Routledge, 1995), pp. 70-88.

John Clement Ball, ‘The Semi-Detached Metropolis: Hanif Kureishi's London ’, Ariel. , 27 (4), 1996, pp.7-27. (A version of this is also in his Imagining London : postcolonial fiction and the transnational metropolis .)

Steven Connor, The English novel in history 1950-1995 , (Routledge, 1995) — chapter ‘Outside In’.

Hanif Kureishi, ‘The Rainbow Sign’ in My beautiful laundrette and The rainbow sign (Faber, 1986).

Bart Moore-Gilbert, Hanif Kureishi ( Manchester University Press, 2001). (Brilliant !)

Susheila Nasta, Home truths : fictions about the South Asian diaspora in Britain (Palgrave, 2001).

Berthold Schoene, ‘Herald of Hybridity: The Emancipation of Difference in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia’ , International journal of cultural studies. , 1 (1), pp. 109-128.

Mark Stein, Black British literature : novels of transformation (University of Ohio Press, 2004).

Stephen Frears (dir.), Dirty pretty things

Have a look at the 'Extra Resources' section of the VLE regarding this text. Also, see the following: http://www.literarylondon.org/london-journal/september2006/hovet.html

Sarah Gibson, ' "The Hotel Business is About Strangers": Border Politics and Hospitable Places in Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things', Third text., 20 (6), 2006, pp. 693-701.

Tom Whittaker, 'Between the Dirty and the Pretty: Bodies in Utopia in Dirty Pretty Things', International journal of cultural studies., 14 (2), 2011, pp. 121-132.

Gurinder Chadha (dir), Bend it like Beckham [videorecording]

Mary AnnChacko, ‘ Bend it Like Beckham : Dribbling the Self Through a Cross-Cultural Space’, Multicultural perspectives , 12 (2), 2010, pp. 81-86.

Yasmin Hussain, Writing diaspora : South Asian women, culture and ethnicity (Ashgate, 2005).

Anjali Gera Roy, ‘Translating Difference in Bend it Like Beckham ’, New cinemas : journal of contemporary film. , 4 (1), 2006, pp. 55-66.

Gautum Malkani, Londonstani

Sarah Brouillette, ‘The Creative Class and Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani ‘, Critique. (51:1) 2010, pp. 1-17.

Dave Gunning, Race and antiracism in black British and British Asian literature (Liverpool University Press, 2010).

Michael Mitchell, ‘Escaping the Matrix: Illusions and Disillusions of Identity in Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani (2006)’ in Multi-ethnic Britain 2000+ : new perspectives in literature, film and the arts , ed. Lars Eckstein et. al. (Rodopi, 2008), pp. 329-340

Zadie Smith, NW

Alberto Fernandez Carbajal, 'On Being Queer and Postcolonial: Reading Zadie Smith's NW through Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway ', The journal of Commonwealth literature. , 2014, pp. 1-16 -- you can view this on campus via the JCL website.

Molly Slavin, 'Nowhere and Northwest, Brent and Britain: Geographies of Elsewhere in Zadie Smith's NW ', Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (48:1) 2015, pp. 97-119. [You should be able to access through JStor when on campus.]

For critical materials on Smith's previous work, see:

Tracy Walters, Zadie Smith : critical essays (Peter Lang, 2008).

This list was last updated on 14/03/2017