Hanif Kureishi

BookHanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi

Writers and Their Work


August 1st, 2001





This study evaluates Kureishi’s contribution to contemporary British fiction; his screen plays, novels and plays evoke a multicultural London peopled by sexually liberated protagonists. In chronicling Britain’s shifting racialised boundaries during the late seventies and eighties, Kureishi disrupts simple, monolithic notions of identity. His works show how constructs of generation, class, sexuality and gender impinge on the contested issue of what it means to be of Asian origin in Britain. Whatever genre he employs, Kureish’s work is characterised by his ironic distance. Both white and immigrant communities are portrayed with dry, detached humour and depicted in farcical and satiric terms. Recently, Kureishi’s focus on race has shifted in his novels of new masculinity. This book suggests that this shift from race to explorations of masculinity does not mark a new direction in Kureishi’s work, but reinforces one of his central preoccupations.


Author Information

Ruvani Ranisinha is currently doing research at Oxford University but was previously a Lecturer in English at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Presently on the editorial board of the postcolonial studies journal ‘Interventions’.