Performing Arts

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Author: Hanif Kureishi

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571319350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

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Omar is a restless young Asian man, caring for his alcoholic father in the hustling London of the mid-1980s. His uncle, a keen Thatcherite, offers Omar an entrepreneurial opportunity to revamp a dingy laundrette, and ambitious Omar rolls up his sleeves, enlisting the assistance of his old school-friend Johnny, who has since fallen in with a gang of neo-fascists. Omar and Johnny soon form an unlikely alliance that leads to business success, as well as other, more intimate surprises.
Literary Criticism

Identity in Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" and Hanif Kureishi's "My Beautiful Laundrette"

Identity in Zadie Smith's

Author: Elisabeth Werdermann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640922628

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 35

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Paderborn (Institut für Kulturwissenschaften), language: English, abstract: Who am I? What makes me me? These are questions of daily importance to every individual human being. The question of what defines us in our per-sonality cannot be answered in a single sentence, or easily. Multiple external factors from the field of culture such as ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexual orientation or history impinge on who we are, what we identify ourselves or are identified with. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, identity defines "Who or what a person or thing is; a distinct impression of a single person or thing presented to or perceived by others; a set of char-acteristics or a description that distinguishes a person from others." Depending on a person’s social surroundings with all its cultural identifiers, his or her identity is shaped. In Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth and Hanif Kureishi’s screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette identity is presented and problematised as “In-betweenness” . Both works focus on immigrants and their children, the se-cond generation, and the difficulties they face in their daily life caused by in-betweenness. In-betweenness as a term is quite self-explanatory and depicts ambiguity on several levels like belonging, ethnicity or sexual orientation/ habits, to name only a few. This ambiguity entails the social life of the characters as well as their emotional state. In the context of belonging, it is Cherry, from My Beautiful Laundrette, who first brings the term “in-betweenness” up: Oh God, I’m so sick of hearing about these in-betweens. People should make up their minds where they are. (Kureishi, p. 37) By this, she labels the subliminal topic of both literary works. With In-betweenness as a special form of identity, this research paper searches for reasons and circumstances, which make the characters in White Teeth and My Beautiful Laundrette feel in-between. On the basis of their behaviour and emotional condition against the background of their cul-tural affiliations, it will also specify the conflicts and probable advantages the state of in-betweenness entails.
Literary Collections

Film analysis of 'My Beautiful Laundrette' - Finding Where to Belong to

Film analysis of 'My Beautiful Laundrette' - Finding Where to Belong to

Author: Fiona Steinert

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640559633

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 13

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Other, grade: 1,7, University of Hannover, language: English, abstract: The movie “My Beautiful Laundrette” based on the Hanif Kureishi’s screenplay and directed by Stephen Frears made its debut in the British cinemas in 1985. It touches on various aspects of conflicts that minorities face. It adheres to sexual identity, class and racial problems by presenting many sorts of emotional bonding and the struggle to find one’s right space in society. My focus will be on the narrative structure and the analysis of the characters’ behaviours and actions, therefore I did not use many secondary sources. I am going to analyse the film by looking at three leitmotifs: “love”, “success” and “cultural rules of behaviour”. These leitmotifs are interrelated and often contradictory, which leads to many conflicts. The family love and support helps Omar achieve great success in his working class situation, which is backed with equal strength by his partner Johnny. Without Johnny he would have been unable to restore the laundrette. His success can also be seen as a result of the Pakistani code of behaviour where it is normal to give a relative a job if there is a chance to do so. However, the conventional rules of behaviour on both sides, Pakistani and British, stand against the relationship between Omar and Johnny and therefore also stand in the way of their success. All the characters present part of a subculture in which they have to strive harder than a middle-class person to be accepted by society. They have to face many boundaries and social problems. “My Beautiful Laundrette” depicts these hard lives without playing on one’s heart strings. It rather illustrates how it is possible to control one’s own fate by making the most of the given situation and refraining from believing stereotypes.
Performing Arts

My Beautiful Launderette

My Beautiful Launderette

Author: Hanif Kureishi

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0571202543

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 69

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Described by Stuart Hall as "one of the most riveting and important films produced by a black writer in recent years," My Beautiful Laundrette was a significant production for its director Stephen Frears and its writer Hanif Kureshi. Christine Geraghty considers it a crossover film: between television and cinema, realism and fantasy, and as an independent film targeting a popular audience. She deftly shows how it has remained an important and timely film in the 1990s and early 2000s, and her exploration of the film itself is an original and entertaining achievement.

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

Author: Hanif Kureishi

Publisher:

ISBN: 3150090636

Category:

Page: 165

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Die von Stephen Frears 1985 verfilmte Geschichte "über einen schwulen Pakistani, der einen Waschsalon betreibt" (Kureishi) hat längst Kultcharakter angenommen. Hanif Kureishi gilt seitdem als einer der wichtigsten multikulturellen Autoren Großbritanniens. Die Themen Rassenkonflikte, Homosexualität, Klassenschranken, soziale Gegensätze, Jugendarbeitslosigkeit und das vom Thatcherismus gepredigte Streben nach wirtschaftlichem Erfolg werden unaufdringlich, charmant, fern jeder Schwarzweißmalerei - innerhalb einer bewegenden Liebesgeschichte - dargestellt.

New York Magazine

New York Magazine

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 180

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
Literary Criticism & Collections

Reconstructing Hybridity

Reconstructing Hybridity

Author: Joel Kuortti

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042021419

Category: Literary Criticism & Collections

Page: 330

View: 952

This interdisciplinary collection of critical articles seeks to reassess the concept of hybridity and its relevance to post-colonial theory and literature. The challenging articles written by internationally acclaimed scholars discuss the usefulness of the term in relation to such questions as citizenship, whiteness studies and transnational identity politics. In addition to developing theories of hybridity, the articles in this volume deal with the role of hybridity in a variety of literary and cultural phenomena in geographical settings ranging from the Pacific to native North America. The collection pays particular attention to questions of hybridity, migrancy and diaspora.
Performing Arts

Fires Were Started

Fires Were Started

Author: Lester D. Friedman

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1904764711

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 341

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Fires Were Started is a provocative analysis of the responses of British film to the policies and political ideology of the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and it represents an original and stimulating contribution to our knowledge of British cinema. This second edition includes revised and updated contributions from some of the leading scholars of British cinema, including Thomas Elsaesser, Peter Wollen and Manthia Diawara. The book discuss prominent filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg and Stephen Frears, it also explores some lesser known but equally important territory such as the work of Black British filmmakers, the Leeds Animation Workshop and Channel 4's Film on Four. Films discussed include Distant Voices, Still Lives, My Beautiful Launderette, Chariots of Fire and Drowning by Numbers.
Performing Arts

Tears of Laughter

Tears of Laughter

Author: Nigel Mather

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719070775

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

View: 384

This text critically examines significant developments within British cinema during the 1990s and explores the interactions in comedy and drama in a number of key films from the period.
Biography & Autobiography

Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall

Author: James (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Procter, UK)

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415262666

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 169

View: 151

James Procter's introduction places Hall's work within its historical, cultural and theoretical contexts, providing a clear guide to his key ideas and influences, as well as to his critics and his intellectual legacy, covering topics such as: popular culture and youth subcultures; the CCCS and cultural studies; media and communication; racism and resistance; postmodernism and the post-colonial; Thatcherism; and identity, ethnicity, diaspora."
Literary Criticism

Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts

Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts

Author: Gita Rajan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313296936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 918

At the heart of coloniality and postcoloniality is the idea of empire. This book examines various theories of empire, and how they create networks of discourse in contemporary postcolonial settings. In exploring the idea of empire, the contributors consider such constructions as nation and modernity, identity politics, the status and role of exiles, and border intellectuals. Postcolonial texts considered include literature and films.
Civilization, Modern, in literature

Beyond Extremes

Beyond Extremes

Author: Stefan Glomb

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 3823360973

Category: Civilization, Modern, in literature

Page: 398

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