"Something blurred in her?": imagining hospitality in Graham Swift’s The Light of Day

Woolley, Agnes (2012) "Something blurred in her?": imagining hospitality in Graham Swift’s The Light of Day. Textual Practice, 26 (3). pp. 449-465. ISSN 0950-236X

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2012.658432

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Abstract

This article explores the complex position of Kristina, a refugee, in Graham Swift's 2003 novel The Light of Day. She has been overlooked in criticism of the novel, which has tended to focus on the narrator George. I argue that Kristina, in her role as both proximal and distant to the text, allows us to ask pressing questions about the nature of hospitality in relation to the contingent and unstable position of asylum seekers and refugees within British national space. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's work on hospitality, I argue that the novel's self-conscious mode of narrative expression both situates and problematises the imagination as a potential space of accommodation for asylum narratives.

Keywords:Swift, Asylum, Derrida
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:9447
Deposited On:14 May 2013 08:02

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