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Palgrave Macmillan

Contemporary Asylum Narratives

Representing Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN 9781137299055
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Taking the turn of this century as a starting point, when new legislation around detention, deportation and dispersal began to take effect, Contemporary Asylum Narratives identifies an emerging cultural engagement with asylum seekers and refugees in twenty-first century Britain. Through a focus on authors, playwrights and filmmakers this study brings literary and cultural criticism to bear on asylum issues by exploring the representational politics that determine our responses to the stateless individuals whose numbers are certain to increase in line with global economic and ecological crises.
 
Making productive links between refugee studies and narrative fiction, Contemporary Asylum Narratives challenges critical concepts related to migration such as hospitality, cosmopolitanism and globalization. In doing so, the book marks a transition from older, diasporic modes of belonging to the need for identifications that account for the increasingly precarious and contingent migrations of the contemporary era.

Agnes Woolley is Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Introduction
PART I: HOSPITABLE REPRESENTATIONS
1. Narrator as Host in Graham Swift's The Light of Day
2. 'Communicable Empathy': Reading A Distant Shore
Conclusion to Part I
PART II: REFUGEES ON FILM
3. Screening asylum: Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort
4. States of Belonging in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men
Conclusion to Part II
PART III: STAGING ASYLUM
5. Authenticating asylum: Kay Adshead's The Bogus Woman
6. Europe, history and myth in Timberlake Wertenbaker's Credible Witness
Conclusion to Part III
PART IV: ASYLUM IN A GLOBAL ERA
7. Globalisation: crisis and celebration in Chris Cleave's The Other Hand
8. Cosmopolitan representation: Kate Clanchy's Antigona and Me
Conclusion to Part IV
CONCLUSION: AN UNCERTAIN BELONGING

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"Contemporary Asylum Narratives is a fluent, insightful, and theoretically astute work with much to say about the politics of representing refugee experience. Agnes Woolley has made a timely addition to debates around the place of asylum in postcolonial studies." - David Farrier, University of Edinburgh, UK
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