Eastern Europeans in Contemporary Literature and Culture

Imagining New Europe

  • Vedrana Veličković

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About this book


Eastern Europeans in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Imagining New Europe provides a comprehensive study of the way in which contemporary writers, filmmakers, and the media have represented the recent phenomenon of Eastern European migration to the UK and Western Europe following the enlargement of the EU in the 21st century, the social and political changes after the fall of communism, and the Brexit vote. Exploring the recurring figures of Eastern Europeans as a new reservoir of cheap labour, the author engages with a wide range of both mainstream and neglected authors, films, and programmes, including Rose Tremain, John Lanchester, Marina Lewycka, Polly Courtney, Dubravka Ugrešić, Kapka Kassabova, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Mike Phillips, It’s a Free WorldGypoBritain’s Hardest WorkersThe Poles are Coming, and Czech Dream. Analyzing the treatment of Eastern Europeans as builders, fruit pickers, nannies, and victims of sex trafficking, and ways of resisting the stereotypes, this is an important intervention into debates about Europe, migration, and postcommunist transition to capitalism, as represented in multiple contemporary cultural texts.


contemporary literature culture Eastern Europe English literature Europe literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Vedrana Veličković
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53791-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53792-8
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