Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture
Edited by Alison Donnell
Routledge – 2001 – 384 pages
The Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture is the first comprehensive reference book to provide multidisciplinary coverage of the field of black cultural production in Britain. The publication is of particular value because despite attracting growing academic interest in recent years, this field is still often subject to critical and institutional neglect. For the purpose of the Companion, the term 'black' is used to signify African, Caribbean and South Asian ethnicities, while at the same time addressing the debates concerning notions of black Britishness and cultural identity.
This single volume Companion covers seven intersecting areas of black British cultural production since 1970: writing, music, visual and plastic arts, performance works, film and cinema, fashion and design, and intellectual life. With entries on distinguished practitioners, key intellectuals, seminal organizations and concepts, as well as popular cultural forms and local activities, the Companion is packed with information and suggestions for further reading, as well as offering a wide lens on the events and issues that have shaped the cultural interactions and productions of black Britain over the last thirty years. With a range of specialist advisors and contributors, this work promises to be an invaluable sourcebook for students, researchers and academics interested in exploring the diverse, complex and exciting field of black cultural forms in postcolonial Britain.
'This companion will be welcomed by anyone interested in black British culture - it fills a gap, and is unequalled in its comprehensiveness and depth. This remarkable companion is packed with information and revelations, and will surely become an indispensable guide to anyone researching black British cultural production.' - Modern Humanities Research Association
'Contributors give a very personal view of the subjects and do not shy away from controversy or issues such as racism. Fascinating…this volume deserves to be in all collections on culture or contemporary British society.' - Choice
Entries include: L^Oswald Boateng
David A. Bailey
Notting Hill Carnival
Alison Donnell is a senior lecturer in postcolonial literatures at Nottingham Trent University. She is co-editor of The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature(1996) and joint editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.