Postcolonial Youth in Contemporary British Fiction


The concepts of 'youth' and the 'postcolonial' both inhabit a liminal locus where new ways of being in the world are rehearsed and struggle for recognition against the impositions of dominant power structures. Departing from this premise, the present volume focuses on the experience of postcolonial youngsters in contemporary Britain as rendered in fiction, thus envisioning the postcolonial as a site of fruitful and potentially transformative friction between different identitary variables or sociocultural interpellations. In so doing, this volume provides varied evidence of the ability of literature—and of the short story genre, in particular—to represent and swiftly respond to a rapidly changing world as well as to the new socio-cultural realities and conflicts affecting our current global order and the generations to come.

Contributors are: Isabel M. Andrés-Cuevas, Isabel Carrera-Suárez, Claire Chambers, Blanka Grzegorczyk, Bettina Jansen, Indrani Karmakar, Carmen Lara-Rallo, Laura María Lojo-Rodríguez, Noemí Pereira-Ares, Gérald Préher, Susanne Reichl, Carla Rodríguez-González, Jorge Sacido-Romero, Karima Thomas and Laura Torres-Zúñiga.

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Laura María Lojo-Rodríguez, Ph.D (2000), University of Santiago de Compostela, is senior lecturer in English at that university. She has published monographs, articles, book chapters and co-edited volumes, including Borders and Border Crossing in the Contemporary British Short Story (Palgrave, 2019).

Jorge Sacido-Romero, Ph.D (2003), University of Santiago de Compostela, is senior lecturer in English at that university. He has published articles, book chapters and co-edited volumes, including Gender and Short Fiction in the Contemporary British Short Story (Routledge, 2018).

Noemí Pereira-Ares, Ph.D (2015), University of Santiago de Compostela, is assistant lecturer in English at that university. She has published articles, book chapters and monographs, including Fashion, Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives: From the Eighteenth Century to Monica Ali (Palgrave, 2017).
  Susanne Reichl
Notes on Contributors

Introduction Postcolonial Youth In Contemporary British Fiction
  Laura María Lojo-Rodríguez, Jorge Sacido-Romero and Noemí Pereira-Ares

Youth, Home and Belonging

1 Evil Children of the Diaspora: Andrea Levy’s “Deborah”
  Laura María Lojo-Rodríguez

2 “the world was a strange place to be caught living in”
Aspects of Liminality in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John
  Gérald Préher

3 The Postcolonial Adolescent in Roshi Fernando’s Homesick
  Carmen Lara-Rallo

Youth, Nation and Narration

4 Growing Up Multiply
British Women Write the Ampersand Experience
  Isabel Carrera-Suárez and Carla Rodríguez-González

5 Multiethnicity, Liminality and Fantasy in Jamila Gavin’s Stories for Young Readers
  Laura Torres-Zúñiga

6 “A Right Little Good Little Indian Girl, Are You”
The Quest for Identity and Sociocultural Change in Ravinder Randhawa’s Dynamite
  Isabel M. Andrés-Cuevas

Youth, Dislocation and Transformation

7 Multicultural Adolescence and Its Identitary Vicissitudes in Contemporary British Short Stories
  Jorge Sacido-Romero

8 From “Partial Presence” to “Disruptive Impurity”
The Diasporic Adolescent in Leila Aboulela’s Short Fiction
  Karima Thomas

9 “I’m the Only One”
Transgressing Notions of Postcolonial Adolescence in the Contemporary Black British Short Story
  Bettina Jansen

Youth, Religion and Global Politics

10 The Virgin’s Consent
British Muslim Identity, Cultural Heritage and Gender in Young Adult Fiction
  Claire Chambers and Indrani Karmakar

11 Reading for Resilience
Postcolonial Aesthetics in the Post-9/11 British Novel for the Young
  Blanka Grzegorczyk

12 “Growing Up with Anxiety(ies)”
From Islamophobia to Brexit in A Change Is Gonna Come
  Noemí Pereira-Ares


All interested in postcolonial literature, youth studies and transcultural in Britain, including anyone concerned with the contemporary short story genre.
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