The Multicultural Novel, Part 2: Bordered Britain

  • Ulla Rahbek


Rahbek explores how Nikita Lalwani’s Gifted (2007), Xiaolu Guo’s A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007), and Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways (2015) thematise and problematise individual characters’ experiences of bordered Britain. The chapter focuses on how Lalwani, Guo, and Sahota portray a fragmented Britain where ethnic strongholds are stated and reinstated, typically to the detriment of individual existences and personal flourishing. From the perspective of socio-political ideas about how multiculturalism is said to lead to parallel lives and ethnic enclaves, the chapter analyses how ethnicity, gender, and caste negatively affect central character’s agency and choice-making abilities in their pursuit of the good life.


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  • Ulla Rahbek
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenKøbenhavn SDenmark

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