The Hybrid State: Hanif Kureishi and Thatcher’s Britain

In: Reconstructing Hybridity

Although hybridity-theory continues to underpin postcolonial literature and criticism, there have been doubts raised about its ability to challenge dominant ideologies. The work of Hanif Kureishi, a British-Asian novelist, dramatist and screenplay writer, expresses an awareness of the innately hybrid nature of British society, but also a suspicion that hybridity does not necessarily produce a more tolerant or egalitarian society. This is particularly true of the novels and screenplays that Kureishi wrote during the 1980s. Looking at The Buddha of Suburbia, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, The Black Album and particularly My Beautiful Laundrette, this article explores the writer’s questioning of hybridity-theory in the atmosphere of racism, individualism and economic inequality that marked the Thatcher era.

Reconstructing Hybridity

Post-Colonial Studies in Transition

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