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The Multicultural Novel, Part 1: Britain Reimagined

  • Ulla Rahbek
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Abstract

Rahbek reads Natasha Solomons’ Mr Rosenblum’s List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman (2010), Sathnam Sanghera’s Marriage Material (2014), and Caryl Phillips’ In the Falling Snow (2009), focusing on perceptions of a changing Britain and concomitant visions for the future of the nation. Drawing on socio-political reflections on visions for Britain’s multicultural, superdiverse, and globalised future by Bhikhu Parekh, Paul Gilroy, and David Olusoga, the chapter explores the ways in which the three novels engage in processes of reimagining the nation through an opening up of English ethnicity, a rethinking of the dialectic of similarity and difference and a loosening of the stronghold of race in the twenty-first-century Britain.

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  • Ulla Rahbek
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenKøbenhavn SDenmark

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