|About the Book|
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 on the issue, it developsMoreThe 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 on the issue, it develops critical paradigms in the field of cultural and literary studies in order to read the phenomenon of Britains new slaves. In doing so, it originally combines post-colonial and Holocaust studies in a twin perspective that employs, as interpretive models, the recurrent tropes of the ghost and the concentration camp, whose manifold shapes populate the contemporary British landscape. The volume argues that approaching a topical issue such as new slaveries brings to the fore new, fertile directions for the future of both post-colonial and Holocaust studies, seen here as mutually enriching.The book focuses on a wide range of works. It moves from the early 1990s, with Ruth Rendells pioneering crime novel Simisola, to the many authors who concentrated on Britains new slaves in the first decade of the 21st century: novelists and crime writers (Chris Abani, Chris Cleave, Marina Lewycka, Ian Rankin), 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 Cuaron, PD James and Salman Rushdie.The book is aimed at both students and scholars in English, postcolonial, Holocaust, globalisation and slavery studies: when applied to new slaveries, all these fields are invested with new, contemporary significance.