Cultures in the Contact Zone

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Susanne Reichl

Cultures in the Contact Zone: Ethnic Semiosis in Black British Literature

ISBN 978-3-88476-544-9, ISBN 3-88476-544-2, 262 S., kt., € 26,00 (2002)

(ELCH - Studies in English Literary and Cultural History, Bd. 7)

Black British writing, as a branch of postcolonial cultural production, has made a considerable impact on the contemporary literary scene. The starting point of this study is the programmatic ‚contact zone‘, a topos of transcultural and multilingual encounter. The spatial contact zone of post-WWII Britain has engendered literary contact zones, Black British novels, which often focus on the meeting of cultures and languages. As an alternative and a supplement to purely thematic approaches to Black British writing, this study offers a model of ethnic semiosis and proposes a methodology which brings together postcolonial ideology, reader reception theory, semiotics, film studies, cultural theory, sociolinguistics and translation studies. This forms the basis for a cross-section analysis of more than 30 Black British novels and the versatility of the proposed framework and analytical tools.