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Narratives of Community in the Black British Short Story


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Bettina Jansen
    Pages 1-34
  3. Bettina Jansen
    Pages 35-64
  4. The Early Black British Short Story, c 1950–1980

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
  5. Hanif Kureishi and the Black British Short Story since the 1980s

  6. The Local Black British Short Story since the 1990s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-152
    2. Bettina Jansen
      Pages 153-183
    3. Bettina Jansen
      Pages 207-249
  7. The Cosmopolitan Black British Short Story since the 1990s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-256
    2. Bettina Jansen
      Pages 257-278
    3. Bettina Jansen
      Pages 309-324
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 325-327

About this book


Narratives of Community in the Black British Short Story offers the first systematic study of black British short story writing, tracing its development from the 1950s to the present with a particular focus on contemporary short stories by Hanif Kureishi, Jackie Kay, Suhayl Saadi, Zadie Smith, and Hari Kunzru. By combining a postcolonial framework of analysis with Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstructive philosophy of community, the book charts key tendencies in black British short fiction and explores how black British writers use the short story form to combat deeply entrenched notions of community and experiment with non-essentialist alternatives across differences of ethnicity, culture, religion, and nationality. 


black British writers black British short story writers narrative genre genre studies postcolonial studies Samuel Selvon Farrukh Dhondy Hanif Kureishi Jackie Kay Suhayl Saadi Zadie Smith Hari Kunzru literary communities black cultural communities theories of community

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.TU DresdenDresdenGermany

About the authors

Bettina Jansen is Research Assistant and Lecturer for English Literature at TU Dresden, Germany. She is also the co-editor of the first German-language handbook on masculinity studies, Männlichkeit: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (2016, with Stefan Horlacher and Wieland Schwanebeck).  

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