Manchester and the devolution of British literary culture
in Postcolonial Manchester
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book outlines a devolved model of English literature, and its associated cultural practices, in more detail. It features an unusually broad demographic of authors and texts emanating from the various diasporic communities and representing a wide range of religious affiliations. Close attention to both diasporic and devolved literary cultures can add to our existing understanding of, in Susheila Nasta's words, 'the extent to which our visions of the national have been built on migrant and diasporic, colonial and postcolonial identities'. The book explores Manchester writers' imaginative, and often critical, engagements with the 'external geography' of one of Britain's great northern cities. It focuses on writers' collective exploration of the ways in which the city's refugees and immigrants have, together, integrated Manchester into the world. Such an exploration is strikingly apparent in much of Lemn Sissay's poetry.

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