SHARE

The multicultural Midlands

By Tom Kew

The multicultural Midlands
Hardcover -
  • Price: £80.00
  • ISBN: 9781526154521
  • Publish Date: Jan 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Buy Now £80.00

    Delivery Exc. North and South America

    Buy

    Delivery to North and South America

    Click Here to Buy from Your Preferred Bookseller
    eBook +
  • Price: £80.00
  • ISBN: 9781526154514
  • Publish Date: Jan 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Buy Now £80.00

    Delivery Exc. North and South America

    Buy

    Delivery to North and South America

    Click Here to Buy from Your Preferred Bookseller

    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5452-1
    • Pages: 272
    • Price: £80.00
    • Published Date: January 2023
    • Series: Multicultural Textualities

    Description

    The multicultural Midlands is a unique, interdisciplinary study of the literature, music and food that shape the region's irrepressible, though often overlooked, cultural identity. It is the first of its kind to give serious critical attention to a part of the world which is frequently ignored by readers, critics and the culture industries. This book makes a claim for the importance of the Midlands and evidences this with nuanced close reading of a multitude of diverse texts spanning so-called 'high' to 'low' culture; from the Black Country's 'Desi Pubs', to Leicester's 'McIndians' Peri Peri ('you've tried the cowboys, now try the Indians!'); Handsworth's reggae roots to Adrian Mole's diaries.

    Contents

    Introduction: A so what? sort of place

    Nottingham: Writing the 'rebel' city
    Nottingham introduction:
    1 Performance poetry, COVID-19 and the new 'public sphere'
    2 #rebelnotts: literary tourism in Alan Sillitoe's Nottingham
    Coda: 'Ode to a Raleigh Burner'

    Leicester: The 'model' multicultural city
    Leicester introduction:
    3 Piri piri chicken: 'demotic cosmopolitanism' in contemporary Leicester
    4 #WeNeedDiverseBooks: diversity in Leicester's young adult fiction
    5 'Leicester Leicester/ Fester fester': at home with Adrian Mole
    Coda: Brimful of Leicester

    Birmingham: (re)building the second City
    Birmingham introduction
    6 Is Birmingham a 'non-place'?
    7 'Double vision' in Handsworth Art
    Coda: 'Our new layered city'

    The West Midlands: from Shakespeare to Syal
    West Midlands introduction
    8 'Pathos, politics and paratha': re-reading West Midlands, South Asian literature
    9 The great 'talent drain' of the West Midlands: Lenny Henry, Caitlin Moran and Sathnam Sanghera
    Coda: Desi pubs of the Black Country

    The self-deprecating conclusion

    Bibliography
    Index

    Author

    Tom Kew received his PhD from the University of Leicester, and is an independent researcher based in Nottingham

    The multicultural Midlands

    By Tom Kew

    Hardcover £80.00 / $120.00

    Or buy from your preferred bookseller:

    Amazon Waterstones Blackwells Bookshop

    Newsletter Sign Up

    Manchester University Press
    Close

    Your cart is empty.

    Total
    Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

    (Based on standard shipping costs)

    Final cost calculated on checkout
    Checkout
    Promotional codes can be added on Checkout