Realistic Approaches and Bare Realities in the Novels of Andrea Levy
The IUP Journal of English Studies, Vol. XI, No. 4, December 2016, pp. 17-24
Posted: 2 Jan 2018
Date Written: December 26, 2017
The present paper is a racial and gender study based on the history of Windrush era. It focuses on the novels of Andrea Levy, who has experienced the transitional period when white Britain came to know of its multiracial identity, coinciding with a period of unrest. Levy’s father was one of the first immigrants who came to England. So a firsthand account of the socio-psychological and political condition of the people affected by that historical event can be found in the writings of Levy. Levy has authored five novels, and each of her novels is a diary of her thought and experience realistically drawn. Her early novels, written in the genre of the female Bildungsroman, show the influence of black women’s writings with its emphasis on what Barbara Smith refers to as a “woman-identified art”; yet, like Toni Morrison, Levy is also interested in representing black masculinities.
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