Hanif Kureishi

Writing the self

By Ruvani Ranasinha

Hanif Kureishi


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4739-4
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: May 2022
  • BIC Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary, Biography & True Stories / Biography: general, Biography & True Stories / Biography: literary


This is the first biography of Hanif Kureishi, one of the most provocative, versatile and popular British writers of his generation. Drawing on Kureishi's unexplored personal archive, recently acquired by the British Library, each chapter recounts a decade of his life and illuminates the work he produced within the period. This structure reflects the novelist's own preoccupation with self-reinvention and the fluidity of identity: 'Every decade you become someone else.' With his vivid evocations of marginalised subjects, Kureishi has redefined images of British identity. At the same time, he has explored key issues such as Thatcherism, terrorism, race, class and sexuality. Entering his mid-sixties, he is only beginning to reflect on a lifetime's cultural production that includes award-winning screenplays, novels, plays, essays and short-stories, written between the early eighties and the first decades of the twenty-first century.


1: Multiple inheritances and race (1954-73)
2: Culture, Politics and Psychoanalysis (1973-1979)
3: 'A new way of being British' (1980-1989)
4: Fathers and Sons (1990-1999)
5: Psychoanalysis and Life-Writing (2000-2009)
6: Writing, reading and life-writing in a post-literary culture (2010 to the present)
Conclusion: evaluating Kureishi's legacy and its curation within the archive and outlining further trails for future researchers.


Ruvani Ranasinha is Reader in Postcolonial Literature at King's College London

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