Edited volume

Barbara Korte, Eva U. Pirker, Sissy Helff (eds.) (2010)

Facing the East in the West: Images of Eastern Europe in British Literature, Film and Culture

Publishing house Brill/Rodopi
Place of publication Leiden
Page references 492
Language English

ISBN: 978-9042030497

Over the last decade, migration flows from Central and Eastern Europe have become an issue in political debates about human rights, social integration, multiculturalism and citizenship in Great Britain. The increasing number of Eastern Europeans living in Britain has provoked ambivalent and diverse responses, including representations in film and literature that range from travel writing, humorous fiction, mockumentaries, musicals, drama and children's literature to the thriller. The present volume discusses a wide range of representations of Eastern and Central Europe and its people as reflected in British literature, film and culture. The book offers new readings of authors who have influenced the cultural imagination since the nineteenth century, such as Bram Stoker, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Conrad and Arthur Koestler. It also discusses the work of more contemporary writers and film directors including Sacha Baron Cohen, David Cronenberg, Vesna Goldsworthy, Kapka Kassabova, Marina Lewycka, Ken Loach, Mike Phillips, Joanne K. Rowling and Rose Tremain. With its focus on post-Wall Europe, Facing the East in the West goes beyond discussions of migration to Britain from an established postcolonial perspective and contributes to the current exploration of 'new' European identities.

(From the publisher's website)

From the Table of Content (among others)

Polish Identities in Perspective: Accession – Integration – Perception

Joanna Rostek and Dirk Uffelmann: Can the Polish Migrant Speak? The Representation of "Subaltern" Polish Migrants in Film, Literature and Music from Britain and Poland

Przemysław Wilk: Images of Poles and Poland in The Guardian, 2003-2005

Marie-Luise Egbert: "Old Poles" and "New Blacks": The Polish Immigrant Experience in Britain

  • Facing the East in the West: Images of Eastern Europe in British Literature, Film and Culture

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