Hanif Kureishi: Postcolonial Storyteller

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byKenneth C. Kaleta

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"Hanif Kureishi is a proper Englishman. Almost." So observes biographer Kenneth Kaleta. Well known for his films My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, the Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist has become one of the leading portrayers of Britain's multicultural society. His work raises important questions of personal and national identity as it probes the experience of growing up in one culture with roots in another, very different one.

This book is the first critical biography of Hanif Kureishi. Kenneth Kaleta interviewed Kureishi over several years and enjoyed unlimited access to all of his working papers, journals, and personal files. From this rich cache of material, he opens a fascinating window onto Kureishi's creative process, tracing such works as My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, The Buddha of Suburbia, London Kills Me, The Black Album, and Love in a Blue Time from their genesis to their public reception. Writing for Kureishi fans as well as film and cultural studies scholars, Kaleta pieces together a vivid mosaic of the postcolonial, hybrid British culture that has nourished Kureishi and his work.

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Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist Hanif Kureishi has become one of the leading portrayers of Britain's multi-cultural society. His work raises important questions of personal and national identity. This first critical biography of Kureishi pieces together a vivid mosaic of the postcolonial, hybrid British culture that ha...

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"Hanif Kureishi is a proper Englishman. Almost." So observes biographer Kenneth Kaleta. Well known for his films My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, the Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist has become one of the leading portrayers of Britain's multicultural society. His work raises important questions of p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:303 pages, 8.97 × 6.03 × 0.7 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction. Liquid Windows: Kureishi as Storyteller1. From Bromley to Baron's Court: Plays, Early Prose, and English Tradition2. Films with Frears: My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid3. Author: The Buddha of Suburbia4. Auteur: London Kills Me5. Adapter: The Buddha of Suburbia on Film6. Author Again: The Black Album7. Author in Process: Love in a Blue Time8. We Are Family: Lovers and Love in Kureishi 9. Over the Rainbow: Immigrant Dreams10. Postcolonial identities: Redefined NationalismAfterword. Kureishi's Storytelling: Liquid WindowsNotesAppendixCreditsBibliographyIndex

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Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist Hanif Kureishi has become one of the leading portrayers of Britain's multi-cultural society. His work raises important questions of personal and national identity. This first critical biography of Kureishi pieces together a vivid mosaic of the postcolonial, hybrid British culture that has nourished Kureishi and his work. 27 photos