ELCH - Studies in English Literary and Cultural History - Vol. 7

ELK - Studien zur Englischen Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - Band 7

Susanne Reichl

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


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.


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


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