© 2015

New Postcolonial British Genres

Shifting the Boundaries


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Sarah Ilott
    Pages 27-53
  3. Sarah Ilott
    Pages 54-94
  4. Sarah Ilott
    Pages 95-133
  5. Sarah Ilott
    Pages 170-173
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 174-206

About this book


This study analyses four new genres of literature and film that have evolved to accommodate and negotiate the changing face of postcolonial Britain since 1990: British Muslim Bildungsromane, gothic tales of postcolonial England, the subcultural urban novel and multicultural British comedy.


Contemporary British Britishness literature genre comedy gothic Bildungsroman British Muslim subculture Rushdie affair multiculturalism Analyse cinema English literature film Great Britain novel

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Teesside UniversityUK

About the authors

Sarah Ilott is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Teesside University, UK. Her main research and teaching interests are in postcolonial literature and twenty-first century British literature. She has published journal articles on postcolonial literature and multicultural screen comedy, and has taught at Lancaster University – where she gained her PhD in 2013 – as well as at the University of Birmingham.

Bibliographic information


“The book offers itself as a rich source of theories and contexts for the investigation of a multitude of conventions and innovations, tropes and characters, focal points and redefinitions, providing a coherent, detailed, and comprehensive study, complete with notes and references, a bibliography and index. … highly useful for researchers and students of both genre fiction and contemporary postcolonial fiction, and merits a high recommendation as an addition to library collections of British Studies.” (Éva Pataki, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Vol. 22 (2), 2017)

“Ilott (Teesside Univ., UK) expands the notion of the postcolonial by situating the postcolonial immigrant within the metropolis and thus challenges traditional notions of British identity. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.” (W. T. Martin, Choice, Vol. 53 (10), June, 2016)