A History of Black and Asian Writing in Britain by C. L. InnesA History of Black and Asian Writing in Britain by C. L. Innes

A History of Black and Asian Writing in Britain

byC. L. Innes

Paperback | September 15, 2008

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Now updated and available in paperback, this is the first extended study of black and Asian writing in Britain over the last 250 years. Beginning with authors who arrived as immigrants or slaves in the mid-eighteenth century, Innes includes a detailed discussion of works that were often enormously popular in their own time but are almost unknown to contemporary readers. Innes's fascinating study reveals a history of vigorous and fertile interaction between black, Asian and white intellectuals and communities, and an enormously rich and varied literary culture which was already in existence before the post-war efflorescence of black and Asian writing. Utilising a wealth of archival material, Innes examines their work as part of an acceptance of and challenge to British cultural and ideological discourses. This volume offers a rich historical background for understanding contemporary British multicultural society and culture and will be of interest to literary and cultural historians.
Title:A History of Black and Asian Writing in BritainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521719682

ISBN - 13:9780521719681

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Table of Contents

Chronological table of historical and literary events; List of illustrations; Introduction; Interchapter: first encounters; 1. Eighteenth-century letters and narratives: Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, and Dean Mahomed; 2. Speaking truth for freedom and justice: Mary Prince and Robert Wedderburn; Interchapter: the imperial century; 3. Querying race, gender and genre: nineteenth-century narratives of escape; 4. Travellers and reformers: Mary Seacole and B. M. Malabari; 5. Connecting cultures: Cornelia and Alice Sorabji; Interchapter: ending empire; 6. Duse Mohamed Ali, anti-imperial journals, and black and Asian publishing; 7. Subaltern voices and the construction of a global culture; 8. Epilogue; Notes to chapters; Notes on writers; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

'With the panorama of writing it unfolds and its excellent scholarship, this study is essential reading. It belongs in every university library.' Zeitschrift für Anglistik unk Amerikanistik