RACIAL TENSIONS AND IDENTITY CONFLICTS IN HANIF KUREISHI’S MAJOR WORKS THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA, THE BLACK ALBUM AND MY EAR AT HIS HEART
HANIF KUREISHI’NİN VAROŞLARIN BUDA’SI, KARA PLAK VE KULAĞIM ONUN KALBİNDE ADLI BAŞLICA ESERLERİNDEKİ IRKSAL GERİLİMLER VE KİMLİK ÇATIŞMALARI

Author : Neslihan GÜNAYDIN
Number of pages : 254-263

Summary

In twentieth century British society, one-sided racist social policy that excluded diasporic people from social life started to change and British society transformed into a racially mixed one by dealing with immigrants from different parts of the world. The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi’s first novel published in 1990, is a semi-autobiographical book focused on the protagonist, Karim’s search for his social and sexual identity in 1970s Britain. Published five years after The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album (1995) is Kureishi’s second novel which explores some crucial issues such as Islamic radicalism, ecstasy, censorship and Prince in late 80s London, as well as religious and cultural clashes between Britain and its immigrants. On the other hand, My Ear at His Heart published in 2004 is a memoir which introduces us to the unpublished manuscript of Kureishi’s late father’s. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the racial tensions and identity conflicts in Hanif Kureishi’s m

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