Hanif Kureishi is the first author of note born in Britain. How he imagines his world is central to his identity as a British Asian author. Kureishi's vision of London, and of the communities that inhabit it, has become the scaffolding for an ideological perspective which infuses his fiction. For Mark Stein, Kureishi's novels fall into two groups, identified respectively as ‘posed-ethnic’ and ‘post-ethnic’. The early plays The King and Me and Tomorrow Today! (1980) are examples of post-ethnic works. Kureishi's first self-directed feature, London Kills Me (1993), is his first consciously post-ethnic work. In essence, Stein has not identified modes of representation specific to Kureishi, but rather the preoccupations of the majority of British Asian authors. This chapter examines Kureishi's postmodern didacticism, posed-ethnicity and post-ethnicity, liberalism and his vision of British-born Asian identity.
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