Our congratulations to Wendy Knepper, who just edited a Special Issue on author Andrea Levy and her work in EnterText 9 (2012).
Description: This special issue on Andrea Levy, the first of its kind, considers how the politics of place as well as the dislocations associated with empire, migration, and social transformation figure in the author’s work and shape her approach to narrative. The articles in this issue discuss Levy’s poetics of dislocation, representations of place and space, approaches to genre, inscriptions of trauma, gender politics, and relations to black British, Caribbean, and Black Atlantic writing. Two creative works, a short story and a personal memoir, written as response pieces to Levy’s oeuvre, round out the collection.
Table of Contents: “Introduction: Andrea Levy’s Dislocating Narratives,” Wendy Knepper; “The Familiar Made Strange: The Relationship between the Home and Identity in Andrea Levy’s Fiction,” Jo Pready; “Crossing Over: Postmemory and the Postcolonial Imaginary in Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Fruit of the Lemon,” Claudia Marquis; “’Telling Her a Story’: Remembering Trauma in Andrea Levy’s Writing,” Ole Laursen; “Identity as Cultural Production in Andrea Levy’s Small Island,” Alicia E. Ellis; “Women Writers and the Windrush Generation: A Contextual Reading of Beryl Gilroy’s In Praise of Love and Children and Andrea Levy’s Small Island,” Sandra Courtman; “Representations of Ageing and Black British Identity in Andrea Levy’s Every Light in the House Burnin’ and Joan Riley’s Waiting in the Twilight,” Charlotte Beyer; “Stranger in the Empire: Language and Identity in the ‘Mother Country,’” Ann Murphy; “A Written Song: Andrea Levy’s Neo-Slave Narrative,” Maria Helena Lima; “Coloured,” Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar; and “Letter to Motherwell,” Rhona Hammond.
Andrea Levy (1956) was born in London, England, to Jamaican parents. She is the author of five novels, each of which explore—from different perspectives—the problems faced by black British-born children of Jamaican emigrants: Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994), Never Far from Nowhere (1996), Fruit of the Lemon (1999), Small Island (2004), and The Long Song (2010). [See more on the author in our previous posts Interview with “Small Island” author Andrea Levy, BBC TV Adapts Andrea Levy’s Small Island, and Andrea Levy wins Walter Scott prize, among many more on Repeating Islands.]
Wendy Knepper (London, England) is a lecturer in English at Brunel University in Uxbridge, England. Her work has appeared in PMLA, Small Axe, Dalhousie French Studies, and in numerous essay collections. She is author of the recent Patrick Chamoiseau: A Critical Introduction (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). [Also see New Book: Wendy Knepper’s “Patrick Chamoiseau-A Critical Introduction”.]
Individual articles and the entire issue are available for download at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/arts/research/entertext/issues/entertext-9
Also see Andrea Levy’s page at http://www.andrealevy.co.uk/