New slaveries in contemporary British literature and visual arts

The ghost and the camp

By Pietro Deandrea

New slaveries in contemporary British literature and visual arts


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9643-3
  • Pages: 204
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2015
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Society & social sciences / Globalization, Humanities / Slavery & abolition of slavery, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery, Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000, Literature: history & criticism, Literature, Contemporary Literature, Twentieth Century Literature


The book is a study of the literature and visual arts concerned with the many and diverse forms of slaveries produced by globalisation in Britain since the early 1990s.

Starting from the sociological and political analyses of the issue, it combines postcolonial and Holocaust studies in a twin perspective based on the recurrent images of the ghost and the concentration camp, whose manifold shapes populate today's Britain.

It focuses on a wide range of works: novelists and crime writers (Chris Abani, Chris Cleave, Marina Lewycka, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell), film directors (Nick Broomfield), photographers (Dana Popa), playwrights (Clare Bayley, Cora Bissett and Stef Smith, Abi Morgan, Lucy Kirkwood) and dystopian artists such as Alfonso Cuarón, P. D. James and Salman Rushdie.

It is aimed at both students and scholars in English, postcolonial, Holocaust, globalisation and slavery studies: applied to new slaveries, all these fields are invested with new, contemporary significance.


'This book is carefully structured and moves elegantly through a range of diverse subjects, from Chinese cockle-pickers to European sex-trafficking, and media, spanning literature, cinema, theatre and photography.'
Zoe Bulaitis, Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Exeter, Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, vol. vii (2015)

'Deandrea's main purpose is to expose the network of invisibility and confinement constitutive of new slavery in Britain under conditions of globalization and neoliberal conjuncture while shedding light, at the same time, on its ability to seamlessly infiltrate (and sustain) the everyday structure and logics of 'respectable' lives.'
Lidia De Michelis, Università degli Studi di Milano, Altre Modernita


Part I
1. Crossing the 2007 Bicentenary: transatlantic memory and the slaves of globalisation
2. New slaveries in literature and the visual arts
3. Troping new slaveries: ghosts of postcolonialism, Marx and deconstruction
4. Troping new slaveries: Holocaust studies and the concentration camp
5. A theory in the making
6. Argument and outline of the book
Part II
7. Investigating migrant domestic workers
8. Bridget Anderson's Britain's Secret Slaves (1993)
9. Ruth Rendell's Simisola (1994)
Part III
10. The ghost and the concentration camp in the twenty-first century
11. Recovering the voices and beyond: Louisa Waugh's Selling Olga (2006) and Rahila Gupta's Enslaved (2007)
12. From speaking to inscribing: Chris Abani's Becoming Abigail (2006)
13. Enslaved childhood and the concentrationary system of detention centres: Chris Cleave's The Other Hand (2008)
14. United bloody Nations: Marina Lewycka's Two Caravans (2007) and humour
15. Chasing the overworld: Ian Rankin's Fleshmarket Close (2004) and the crime story
Part IV
16. The British concentrationary archipelago in cinema, photography and drama
17. Cinema: reshaping the gothic in Nick Broomfield's Ghosts (2006)
18. Photography: behind a screen in Dana Popa's Not Natasha (2009)
19. Drama: traumatic deconstructions of the stage in Clare Bayley's The Container (2007), Cora Bissett and Stef Smith's Roadkill (2011), Abi Morgan's Fugee (2008) and Lucy Kirkwood's It Felt Empty When the Heart Went at First but It Is Alright Now (2009)
Part V
20. Dystopian narratives
21. The camp's liminal centrality: from PD James's The Children of Men (1992) to Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006)
22. Spectral slavery and the disappearing camp: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005)
Part VI
23. Conclusion
24. Spectralising the camp
25. Post colonialism, new slaveries and borders


Pietro Deandrea is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Torino, Italy

New slaveries in contemporary British literature and visual arts

By Pietro Deandrea

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