Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture

Postcolonial Manchester offers a radical new perspective on Britain's devolved literary cultures by focusing on Manchester's vibrant, multicultural literary scene. This book presents the North West of England as quintessential 'diaspora space' and contributes to a better understanding of the region in social, cultural and aesthetic terms. It examines the way in which stories, poems and plays set in locales such as 'the Curry Mile' and Moss Side, have attempted to reshape Manchester's collective visions. The book features a broad demographic of authors and texts emanating from different diasporic communities and representing a wide range of religious affiliations. Manchester's black and Asian writers have struggled to achieve recognition within the literary mainstream, partly as a result of exclusion from London-centric, transnational publishing houses. Manchester's unfortunate reputation as one of Britain's 'crime capitals' is analysed by the use of fiction to stretch and complicate more popular explanations. A historical overview of Manchester's literary anthologies is presented through a transition from a writing that paid tribute to political resistance to more complex political statements, and focuses on the short story as a literary mode. The book combines close readings of some of the city's best-known performance poets such as Lemn Sissay and SuAndi with analysis of the literary cultures that have both facilitated and challenged their art. The book affords readers the opportunity to hear many of the chapter authors 'in their own words' by reflecting on how they themselves in terms of the literary mainstream and their identities.

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The postcolonial city
Lynne Pearce

3970 Postcolonial Manchester:Layout 1 28/6/13 12:37 Page 20 1 Manchester: the postcolonial city Lynne Pearce Today – the second decade of the twenty-first century – Greater Manchester is home to approximately 2.6 million people.1 But in what sense ‘home’? Despite the postmodern discourses – both academic and popular – which have imbued the concept with provisionality, ‘home’ still bears powerful connotations of roots, rootedness and heritage (Marangoly George, 1996). ‘Home’, in this archaic sense, is not where ‘you’ come from, or even where you were born

in Postcolonial Manchester
Institutions and urban change since 1850
Editors: Janet Wolff and Mike Savage

This book brings together studies of cultural institutions in Manchester from 1850 to the present day, giving an unprecedented account of the city’s cultural evolution. These bring to light the remarkable range of Manchester’s contribution to modern cultural life, including the role of art education, popular theatre, religion, pleasure gardens, clubs and societies. The chapters show the resilience and creativity of Manchester’s cultural institutions since 1850, challenging any simple narrative of urban decline following the erosion of Lancashire’s industrial base, at the same time illustrating the range of activities across the social classes. The essays are organized chronologically. They consider the role of calico printers in the rise of art education in Britain; the origins and early years of the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens; the formation of the Manchester Dante Society in 1906; the importance of theatre architecture in the social life of the city; the place of religion in early twentieth-century Manchester, in the case of its Methodist Mission; the cosmopolitan nature of the Manchester International Club, founded in 1937; cultural participation in contemporary Manchester; and questions of culture and class in the case of a contemporary theatre group.

The mystery of the city’s smoking gun
Lynne Pearce

3970 Postcolonial Manchester:Layout 1 28/6/13 12:37 Page 110 3 Manchester’s crime fiction: the mystery of the city’s smoking gun Lynne Pearce Greater Manchester is frequently written and spoken about as one of the UK’s top crime hotspots; and many of its districts (Hulme, Moss Side, Wythenshawe, Longsight, Whalley Range) rank high in those league tables used to provide a snapshot of the nation’s most socially and economically deprived areas (Taylor, Evans and Fraser, 1996: 275–9; ).1 It should therefore be no surprize that the fiction genre that has become

in Postcolonial Manchester
A political analysis

East Manchester was the site of one of the most substantial regeneration projects internationally. Urban regeneration was a central plank of New Labour policy and the approach radically altered with the election of the Coalition Government in 2010. East Manchester was one of the most deprived areas of Britain in 1997, referred to as a ‘basket case’ in dire need of regeneration. This book explores the role of Manchester City Council and other public agencies in the regeneration of the area such as New East Manchester, NDC/Beacons and the Housing Market Renewal Programme; the Manchester voluntary sector and the private sector including the major investments linked to Manchester City Football Club and the Etihad Campus. While the book focuses on a single regeneration initiative, it has wider relevance to national and international regeneration processes. The book assesses the outcome of the regeneration initiative although it demonstrates the difficulties in producing a definitive evaluation. It has a political focus and illuminates and challenges many assumptions underpinning three major current academic debates: governance, participatory democracy and ideology.

Corinne Fowler

3970 Postcolonial Manchester:Layout 1 28/6/13 12:37 Page 79 2 Publishing Manchester’s black and Asian writers Corinne Fowler [W]hen I was the first black literature development worker in the North of England in 1988 there were only two in the country. One at a place called Centreprise in Hackney, London, and one in Manchester. It is here that I set up Cultureword . . . I spent five years in that post. The knockon effect of its success meant that Liverpool, Bradford, Leeds and Birmingham all went on to produce funds for black literature development workers

in Postcolonial Manchester
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City of culture
Mike Savage and Janet Wolff

Manchester: city of culture Mike Savage and Janet Wolff C u lt u r e i n M a n c h e s t e r m a n c h e s t e r : ci t y o f c u lt u r e This collection of essays is premised on the belief that Manchester, through a period of two hundred years and of enormous changes, has been – and remains – an impressive city of culture. The popular version of this view is likely to focus on the more visible moments of innovation – from the proliferation of pioneering cultural institutions associated with the rise of the industrial bourgeoisie in the mid-nineteenth century

in Culture in Manchester
Resistance, adaptation and identity
Author: Mervyn Busteed

Given its significance in the history of Britain as the pioneer city of the industrial revolution, it is surprising that until the 1990s there was little academic research on the Manchester Irish. This book examines the development of the Irish community in Manchester, one of the most dynamic cities of nineteenth-century Britain. It examines the process by which the Irish came to be blamed for all the ills of the Industrial Revolution and the ways in which they attempted to cope with a sometimes actively hostile environment. The book first traces the gradual development of links between Manchester and Ireland, largely through the build-up of commercial connections, but also noting the two-way movement of people across the Irish Sea. Then, it focuses on Angel Meadow, discussing the rapid build-up of the resident Irish population and the spatial distribution of the Irish in the network of streets. An account on the significance of the Catholic Church for the migrant Irish follows. The book also examines the evolution St Patrick's Day. Next, it discusses how Manchester's Irish related to the broader political concerns of the city during the period from the 1790s to the 1850s whilst retaining a keen interest in Irish affairs. The role of the Irish in the electoral politics of the city from the 1870s onwards is subsequently examined. After an analyses on the evolution of the commemoration rituals for the Manchester Martyrs, the book attempts to trace the hidden history of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) in Manchester.

Georgina Blakeley and Brendan Evans

7 Who governs east Manchester? This chapter utilises the experience of the urban regeneration of east Manchester as a case study to illuminate the debate on whether the concept of governance should prevail over the more traditional concept of government. The concept of governance recognises structural complexity and permits consideration of the array of structures involved in policy implementation. Governance theories challenge the idea of powerful central and local states and present a more distributed interpretation of power. The argument here is that such

in The regeneration of east Manchester
Andrew Miles

Culture, participation and identity in contemporary Manchester Andrew Miles Introduction Manchester’s cultural institutions have historically played a pivotal role in shaping the city’s public spaces, civic identity and international profile. Both the mid-Victorian reconstruction of the city and the narratives underpinning its late twentieth-century regeneration were fundamentally ‘culture-led’.1 The image of contemporary Manchester is one of a city lifted out of industrial decline and transformed by a new ‘spirit of place’ founded on cultural investment and

in Culture in Manchester