British White Trash

Figurations of Tainted Whiteness in the Novels of Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King

"White trash" is a liminal figure that dramatizes the intersection of race and class. Contemporary British novelists like Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King use this originally US-American stereotype to interrogate the racializing discourse of class in British society. Their novels are interdiscursive reflections of the figurations of race and class that still haunt the British cultural imaginary.

"British White Trash" is the first analysis to comprehensively examine the adaptation of the "white trash" stereotype in major British novels. The study thus contributes to a critical understanding of racism and classism, its cultural representations and its underlying social processes.

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2018-04-06, 312 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4101-1

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Mark Schmitt, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Author(s)
Mark Schmitt
Book title
British White Trash Figurations of Tainted Whiteness in the Novels of Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths and John King
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
312
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-4101-1
DOI
Commodity Group
1564
BIC-Code
DSB JFC JFSL
BISAC-Code
LIT004120 SOC022000 SOC031000
THEMA-Code
DSB JBCC JBSL1
Release date
2018-04-06
Edition
1
Topics
Literatur
Readership
Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Critical Whiteness/Race Studies, Sociology, Philosophy
Keywords/Tags
Contemporary British Literature, Race, Class, Culture, Intersectionality, Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths, John King, Literature, British Studies, Cultural Studies, Racism, Literary Studies

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