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B/Orders Unbound

Marginality, Ethnicity and Identity in Literatures

Edited By Sule Okuroglu Ozun and Mustafa Kirca

Contemporary literature concerns itself with transgressing borders and destabilizing hierarchical orders. Border crossing to question the given limits and orthodox beliefs brings many disciplines and diverse experiences together, and the result is a myriad of ways of expressing the alternatives when the established boundaries are liberated. The volume presents fifteen essays and brings together many academics and scholars who share a common interest in transgressing borders in literatures. The book is determined to encourage border violations, and each paper tackles the issue of border crossing in different realms and territories.

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White Stains on Black Pages: Deconstructing English Identity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (Seda Bahar Yavcan)


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Seda Bahar Yavcan

White Stains on Black Pages: Deconstructing English Identity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

“What is Britishness? The first thing to realise is that it is another word for Englishness […] If one asks what the difference is between English culture and British culture one realizes that there is no difference. They are the same. The British language is the English language. British education is English education. British television is English television. The British press is the English press. The British Crown is the English Crown, and the Queen of Britain is the Queen of England […] Britishness is Englishness.”1 Gwynfor Evans

22 June 1948 was a peripeteia for British history; SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury docks and changed the socio-cultural course of Britain. Migrants came to bridge the labour gap of post-war Britain and not only met the deficit but also brought a new understanding of British culture, politics, and literature. Formed by the cultural and political elements, newcomers introduced a new genre to Britain; the narratives.

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