"Same old, same old": Zadie Smith's 'White teeth' and Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'

Upstone, Sara (2007) "Same old, same old": Zadie Smith's 'White teeth' and Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'. Journal of postcolonial writing, 43(3), pp. 336-349. ISSN (print) 1744-9855

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Close examination of White Teeth and Brick Lane illustrates why postcolonial frameworks continue to be relevant when discussing "black British literature". To differing degrees, both these novels maintain postcolonial contexts in their representation of British-born black and Asian individuals as they express the confidence of this new generation. This paper addresses how the tensions between British-born confidence and familiar tropes of migrant alienation may call into question readings of these novels that emphasize their uniqueness and positivity.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: English language and literature
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Depositing User: Julia Bloxham
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2013 11:12
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17449850701669666
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/2060

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