Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma

This book then explores transgenerational trauma, the tensions between remembering and forgetting, multidirectional memory, and the possibilities of the ambiguities and contradictions of the postcolonial and diasporic characters Smith ...


Author: Beatriz Pérez Zapata

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000407150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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This monograph analyses Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, On Beauty, NW, The Embassy of Cambodia, and Swing Time as trauma fictions that reveal the social, cultural, historical, and political facets of trauma. Starting with Smith’s humorous critique of psychoanalysis and her definition of original trauma, this volume explores Smith’s challenge of Western theories of trauma and coping and how her narratives expose the insidiousness of (post)colonial suffering and unbelonging. This book then explores transgenerational trauma, the tensions between remembering and forgetting, multidirectional memory, and the possibilities of the ambiguities and contradictions of the postcolonial and diasporic characters Smith depicts. This analysis discloses Smith’s effort to ethically redefine trauma theory from a postcolonial and decolonial standpoint, reiterate the need to acknowledge and work through colonial histories and postcolonial forms of oppression, and critically reflect on our roles as witnesses of suffering in global times.

Decolonizing Trauma Studies Trauma and Postcolonialism

“'Original Traumas': Narrating Migrant Identity in British Muslim Women's Writing.” Postcolonial Text, 2011. Available online: pct/article/viewArticle/1238 (accessed on 20 May 2015). 8. Zadie Smith.


Author: Sonya Andermahr

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783038421955

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism" that was published in Humanities

Of Love and Loss

... in the Age of the Screen Reading and Redemption in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest Karl A. Plank The London Object Writing London at the End of Capitalism Grant Hamilton Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma Decolonizing Trauma, ...


Author: Tom McAlindon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000578652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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A study of the poetry of Hardy, Yeats, and Larkin in relation to their shared preoccupation with time, change, and loss, the most ancient and fertile theme in lyric and reflective verse, known to earlier English poets as mutability. Though the importance of the socio-political and ideological context is in every case acknowledged, the literary-history context is viewed as primary: hence the introductory survey of foundational Renaissance and Romantic poets with whose work Hardy, Yeats, and Larkin were thoroughly familiar. Although a preoccupation with the subject of time and change in the work of these three poets is a critical commonplace, no one has ever isolated it for special attention, or used it to link them either together or with their historical predecessors. This is an entirely new approach to their work. The critical methodology employed is evidential and analytical rather than theoretical, focussed throughout on the meaning and the mood of each poem and the distinctive individuality of each poet.

Memory and Nation Building

... Hamilton 52 Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma Decolonizing Trauma, Decolonizing Selves Beatriz Pérez Zapata 53 Memory and Nation-Building World War II in Malaysian Literature Vandana Saxena For more information about this series, ...


Author: Vandana Saxena

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000422566

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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Nations are built by narrating their past. Threads of common memories weave the fabric of the national culture, integrating the heterogenous communities into the idea of a single nation. In multicultural societies, the process is a messy one. Different communities remember the past from perspectives that often clash with each other. Multiple memories of a multicultural nation challenge the idea of a singular national identity and call for multiple forms of belonging. Memory and Nation-Building explores the contemporary images of World War II in Malaysian literature and the continuing significance of the conflict in the collective memory and nation-building in Malaysia. Given the multicultural nature of the nation, the War memories of Malaysia are multiple and often contradictory. In the contemporary Malaysian literature, these memories embody the search for a historical narrative that would accommodate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country.

Zadie Smith

Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis (London and New York: Routledge, 2004). ——. 'Revisiting Postcolonial London. ... '“Running at a Standstill”: The Paradoxes of Time and Trauma in Zadie Smith's White Teeth.


Author: Philip Tew

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137063595

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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An introduction to the work of Zadie Smith, placing her fiction in a clear historical and theoretical context, and exploring her work in relation to contemporaneity and postcolonialism. Including a timeline of key dates, this guide offers an accessible reading of Smith's work and an overview of its critical reception.

New Postcolonial British Genres

Furthermore, I have argued that postcolonial writing in contemporary Britain entails a concern for decentring ideas ... of minority cultures (as explored via Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia and Zadie Smith's White Teeth) through ...


Author: Sarah Ilott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137505224

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 206

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This study analyses four new genres of literature and film that have evolved to accommodate and negotiate the changing face of postcolonial Britain since 1990: British Muslim Bildungsromane, gothic tales of postcolonial England, the subcultural urban novel and multicultural British comedy.

Postcolonial Justice

4 Many parallels could be drawn between Smith's novella and the history of Cambodia, such as the dehumanization of its ... see, for example, Beatriz Pérez Zapata, “Decolonizing Trauma: A Study of Multidirectional Memory in Zadie Smith's ...


Author: Anke Bartels

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004335196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 406

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Postcolonial Justice addresses a crucial issue in current postcolonial theory: the question of how to reconcile an ethics of diversity and difference with the normative, if not universal thrust that appears to energize any notion of justice.

Postcolonial Satire

Militant Muslims in Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, and Hanif Kureishi.” Cheeky Fictions: Laughter and the Postcolonial, 73–86. ... Postcolonial Parabola: Literature, Tactility, and the Ethics of Representing Trauma.


Author: Amy L. Friedman

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498571975

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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Postcolonial Satire: Indian Fiction and the Reimagining of Menippean Satire positions postcolonial South Asian satiric fiction in both the cutting-edge territory of political resistance writing and the ancient tradition of Menippean satire. Postcolonial Satire aims to disrupt the relationship between postcolonial literature and magic realism, by discussing the work of writers such as G. V. Desani, Aubrey Menen, Salman Rushdie, and Irwin Allan Sealy as one movement into the entirely subversive realm of satire. Indian fiction, and the fiction of other colonized cultures, can be re-construed through the lens of satire as openly critical of a broad spectrum of political and cultural issues. Employing the strengths of postcolonial theory and criticism, Postcolonial Satire expands upon the postcolonial works of these authors by analyzing them as satire, rather than magical realism with satirical elements.

Spatial Politics in Contemporary London Literature

underscored that, however benevolent and still untouched by the trauma and insecurity ensuing from September 11, Smith's treatment ofthe postcolonial city is subtly ambivalent and undermines the assumption that liberal consensus ...


Author: Laura Colombino

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136777882

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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This book analyses the spatial politics of a range of British novelists writing on London since the 1950s, emphasizing spatial representation as an embodied practice at the point where the architectural landscape and the body enter into relation with each other. Colombino visits the city in connection with its boundaries, abstract spaces and natural microcosms, as they stand in for all the conflicting realms of identity; its interstices and ruins are seen as inhabited by bodies that reproduce internally the external conditions of political and social struggle. The study brings into focus the fiction in which London provides not a residual interest but a strong psychic-phenomenological grounding, and where the awareness of the physical reality of buildings and landscape conditions shape the concept of the subject traversing this space. Authors such as J. G. Ballard, Geoff Dyer, Michael Moorcock, Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair, Geoff Ryman, Tom McCarthy, Michael Bracewell and Zadie Smith are considered in order to map the relationship of body, architecture and spatial politics in contemporary creative prose on the city. Through readings that are consistently informed by recent developments in urban studies and reflections formulated by architects, sociologists, anthropologists and art critics, this book offers a substantial contribution to the burgeoning field of literary urban studies.