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Table of contents (5 chapters)
About this book
This book is the first book-length study to explore the sartorial politics of identity in the literature of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. Using fashion and dress as the main focus of analysis, and linking them with a myriad of identity concerns, the book takes the reader on a journey from the eighteenth century to the new millennium, from early travel account by South Asian writers to contemporary British-Asian fictions. Besides sartorial readings of other key authors and texts, the book provides an in-depth exploration of Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man (1972), Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), Meera Syal’s Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999) and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003).This work examines what an analysis of dress contributes to the interpretation of the featured texts, their contexts and identity politics, but it also considers what literature has added to past and present discussions on the South Asian dressed body in Britain. Endowed with an interdisciplinary emphasis, the book is of interest to students and academics in a variety of fields, including literary criticism, socio-cultural studies and fashion theory.
- Cultural Studies
- Monica Ali
- South Asian Diaspora
- British and Irish Literature
Authors and Affiliations
University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, Spain
About the author
Noemí Pereira-Ares is a Research Fellow in the Department of English and German Studies at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Her research interests include South Asian diaspora literature, migrant literature(s) in English, postcolonial, diaspora and transcultural studies, fashion theory and the sociological study of dress in literature.
Book Title: Fashion, Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives
Book Subtitle: From the Eighteenth Century to Monica Ali
Authors: Noemí Pereira-Ares
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-61396-3Published: 14 December 2017
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87072-4Published: 30 August 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-61397-0Published: 30 November 2017
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXVI, 255
Topics: World Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, Asian Literature, European Literature, Fiction Literature