Synopses & Reviews
Andrea Levy has emerged as one of the most significant and popular voices in contemporary black British writing both in the UK and abroad. Drawing on a familial history of emigration, her critically-acclaimed novels - including the multiple award-winning Small Island - attempt to bring a variety of voices to the representation of black experience in post-war Britain.
This book is the first of its kind to be devoted to Levys work. Combining historical, theoretical and textual perspectives, the volume hosts a wide range of current critical approaches to Levys fiction. With chapters written by leading established and emerging scholars, the book explores issues of literary form, diasporic literature and cultural value, the BBC TV adaptation of Small Island, while also shedding fresh light on Levys critically neglected early works. The book also includes a new interview with Levy herself, a timeline of her life, chapter summaries, as well as guides to further reading and online resources, making this an essential companion to the writings of one of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction.
Black British writer Andrea Levy, acclaimed writer of Black diasporaliterature, is the author of the award-winning novel Small Island. This collection of essays for students and scholars in literature andblack studies represents a range of critical approaches to Levy’s fiction. Essays explore aspects such as memory and narrative form inEvery Light in the House Burnin’, narrative authority in The Long Song, and council housing and the politics of the welfare state inNever Far from Nowhere. The book also includes discussion of the BBC TV version of Small Island, along with a new interview with Levy, a timeline of her life, and a list of print and online resources.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
About the Author
Jeannette Baxter, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is the author of J. G. Ballards Surrealist Imagination, and her recent co-edited collections include J. G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions (2012) and A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald (2013).
David James, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Editor of several collections, including The Legacies of Modernism (2011), he is author of Contemporary British Fiction and the Artistry of Space (2008) and Modernist Futures (2012).
Table of Contents
Foreword by Lawrence Scott
Series Editors Preface
Chronology of Andrea Levys Life
‘Towards Serious Work
Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) and David James (Queen Mary University, London)
Dave Gunning (University of Birmingham)
Council Housing and the Politics of the Welfare State in Never Far From
Matthew Taunton (University of East Anglia)
Existing in More than One Plane of Time: Memory and Narrative Form in Every Light in the House Michael Perfect (University of Cambridge)
The Immediacy of Small Island
David James (Queen Mary University, London)
Small Island, Small Screen: Adapting Black British
Rachel Carroll (University of Teeside)
Exquisite Corpse: Un/dressing History in Fruit of the Lemon/The Long Song
Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)
‘I am the narrator of this work: Narrative Authority in Andrea Levys The Long
Fiona Tolan (Liverpool John Moores University)
At the Centre of the Picture: Andrea Levys The Long
Susan Alice Fischer (City University of New York)
‘Andrea Levy in Conversation with Susan Alice Fischer