Contemporary asylum narratives: representing refugees in the twenty-first century

Woolley, Agnes (2014) Contemporary asylum narratives: representing refugees in the twenty-first century. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137299055

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Abstract

Contemporary Asylum Narratives explores representations of asylum seekers and refugees in contemporary British literature, film and theatre. Taking the turn of this century as a starting point, when legislation around detention, deportation and dispersal began to take effect, it identifies an emerging cultural engagement with asylum in twenty-first century Britain. Through a focus on both established authors and playwrights - Graham Swift, Caryl Phillips and Timberlake Wertenbaker - and emerging writers like Kate Clanchy and Chris Cleave, this study brings literary and cultural criticism to bear on asylum issues by exploring the representational politics that determine our responses to the stateless individuals whose numbers are set only to increase with global economic and ecological crises. Making productive links between refugee studies and narrative fiction, it challenges critical concepts related to migration such as hospitality, cosmopolitanism and globalization. In doing so, Contemporary Asylum Narratives marks a transition from older, diasporic modes of belonging to the need for identifications that account for the increasingly precarious and contingent migrations of the contemporary era.

Keywords:Refugees, contemporary fiction, film, theatre, globalization, cosmopolitanism
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:9448
Deposited On:14 May 2013 08:45

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