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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.

Manchester’s mixed-genre anthologies and short-story collections
Lynne Pearce

3970 Postcolonial Manchester:Layout 1 28/6/13 12:38 Page 154 4 Collective resistance Manchester’s mixed-genre anthologies and short-story collections Lynne Pearce Along with the crime fiction featured in Chapter 3, the anthology (that is, a multi-authored collection of poetry or prose fiction or – very often – a mixture of both) is the most popular literary genre to emanate from Manchester in recent years.1 Inasmuch as short stories and poems constitute a more manageable undertaking for non-professional writers than the novel, this is hardly surprising, and

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Manchester and the devolution of British literary culture
Corinne Fowler and Lynne Pearce

: namely, the novel (dealt with principally in Chapter 1); poetry – both print and in performance (Chapters 2 and 5); crime fiction, a sub-genre that has found a suitably noir-ish home in the streets of Manchester (Chapter 3); and the short story and mixed-genre anthologies (Chapter 4). In addition, Chapter 6, which focuses on the interviews that Manchester’s authors and agencies kindly granted the ‘Moving Manchester’ project, provides further insight into why particular modes and genres have been preferred, as well as the challenges the authors have faced in getting

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