Laila Amine deposited A House with Two Doors? Creole Nationalism and Nomadism in Multicultural London in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone on MLA Commons 7 years, 8 months ago
This article focuses on the limits of liberal discourses such as multiculturalism in an increasing global world. I focus on multicultural London and juxtapose Black British writer, Zadie Smith’s novel, White Teeth to Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, to underline the multiple intersections between the status of colored immigrants, their descendants, and migrant workers. The thin
distinction between citizens and aliens disappears in the film that portrays their overlapping job occupations, spatial proximity, hence shedding light on the continuing significance of race in Britain today. While racism in Smith’s liberal view can be combated through claims of citizenship, the film suggests that race, class, immigrant statuses are an integral part of a capitalist system of exploitation. This comparison reveals different conceptualizations of this
diverse population, one that is creole and argues for the recognition of diverse citizens’ cultures, and another one that transcends national, gender and cultural perimeters.