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The Emperor's Babe

The Emperor's Babe

A Novel

  • Author: Bernardine Evaristo
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141904623
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 272
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'Wildly entertaining, deeply affecting' Ali Smith, author of How to be both and Autumn A coming-of-age tale to make the muses themselves roar with laughter and weep for pity -- sassy, razor-sharp and transformative -- from the acclaimed author of Mr Loverman Londinium, AD 211. Zuleika is a modern girl living in an ancient world. She's a back-alley firecracker, a scruffy Nubian babe with tangled hair and bare feet - and she's just been married off a fat old Roman. Life as a teenage bride is no joke but Zeeks is a born survivor. She knows this city like the back of her hand: its slave girls and drag queens, its shining villas and rotting slums. She knows how to get by. Until one day she catches the eye of the most powerful man on earth, the Roman Emperor, and her trouble really starts... Silver-tongued and merry-eyed, this is a story in song and verse, a joyful mash-up of today and yesterday. Kaleidoscoping distant past and vivid present, The Emperor's Babe asks what it means to be a woman and to survive in this thrilling, brutal, breathless world.

A Poetic Journey

A Poetic Journey

The Emperor's Babe in Search of Identity in Virtual Places of Ancient Londinium

  • Author: Theresa Rass
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3656047456
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  • Page: 36
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Innsbruck (Anglistik), course: British and/or Postcolonial Literature: The Urban and the Rural in (Black) British Literature, language: English, abstract: Bernardine Evaristo's novel The Emperor's Babe is about the Sudanese girl Zuleika, who gets married at the age of eleven to a much older man in the Londinium of 211 AD. Zuleika gives us an insight in her everyday life and introduces the partly authentic, partly virtual Londinium with all its fascinating and unique inhabitants like her best friends Alba and Venus. The question of identity is a recurrent theme in the novel and always seems to hang like a shadow over Zuleika. Though she is born in Londinium, she is black and her parents tell her about Sudan, and she feels that she does not really belong to either of the countries. She also feels imprisoned in her marriage, and one day she starts writing poems, which help her to create some kind of "virtual place" of her own. There does not seem to be a place she really feels home, at most when she is together with her two best friends. With their long conversations they also create some personal place of their own, where they all can retire a bit from the outside world. Apart from that, there is also Zuleika's affair with Septimius Severus, the Emperor, which gives her a feeling of safety and affiliation, but in the long run leads her into perdition. This paper is trying to point out the social spaces and places in Zuleika's world, and to describe her and her surroundings in the fictitious London/Londinium of ancient times.

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Epic Proportions

  • Author: Katharine Burkitt
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317104617
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 176
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Focusing on works by Derek Walcott, Les Murray, Anne Carson, and Bernardine Evaristo, Katharine Burkitt investigates the relationship between literary form and textual politics in postcolonial narrative poems and verse-novels. Burkitt argues that these works disrupt and undermine the traditions of particular forms and genres, and most notably the expectations attached to the prose novel, poetry, and epic. This subversion of form, Burkitt argues, is an important aspect of the texts' postcoloniality as they locate themselves critically in relation to literary convention, and they are all concerned with matters of social, racial, and national identities in a world where these categories are inherently complicated. In addition, the awareness of epic tradition in these texts unites them as 'post-epics', in that as they reuse the myths and motifs of a variety of epics, they question the status of the form, demonstrate it to be inherently malleable, and regenerate its stories for the contemporary world. As she examines the ways in which postcolonial texts rewrite the traditions of classical epics for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Burkitt ties close textual analysis to a critical intervention in the politics of form.

Fiction Unbound

Fiction Unbound

Bernardine Evaristo

  • Author: Sebnem Toplu
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443832693
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 95
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This book covers all Bernardine Evaristo’s major works: Lara (1997) and Lara (2009), The Emperor’s Babe, Soul Tourists, Blonde Roots and Hello Mum. Each chapter focuses on a particular novel, combining a close analysis of the author’s technique with a penetrating understanding of the basic themes which underlie all of Evaristo’s work. This monograph exposes that Evaristo is not simply interested in “multicultural” issues; to label them as such is to overlook her achievement as a novelist. It shows instead how Evaristo combines apparently disparate elements—for example, historical research with late-twentieth century allusions in a narrative such as The Emperor’s Babe—to show how African-Caribbeans have been coming to Britain for thousands of years. Yet Evaristo is not just interested in the African-Caribbean experience; this book shows how she tries to question those basic concepts—for example “Englishness” or “patriotism”—which lie at the heart of mainstream white culture in contemporary Britain. It argues that Evaristo is interested in alternative constructions—not only of nationalism, but of other basic issues such as race, gender and class. Her books give the chance for hitherto marginalized characters—slaves, women, or victims of a patriarchal world—to tell their stories and postulate alternative views of the world they live in. Above all, this monograph shows how Evaristo refuses to be pigeon-holed; she is not simply “a black British writer,” but someone who focuses on the interconnectedness of society. This book calls for readers to adopt a more enlightened approach, not only to issues of culture and identity, but to the work of Evaristo as a whole.

Lives of the Moghul Emperors

Lives of the Moghul Emperors

  • Author: William Daniell,Hobart Caunter,Thomas Bacon,William Finden,Edward Francis Finden,Meadows Taylor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Engraving
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The Emperor's Blades

The Emperor's Blades

  • Author: Brian Staveley
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0230770428
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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The Emperor's Blades is the first novel in Brain Staveley's epic Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series. The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . . The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son Valyn, training for the empire's deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. And after several 'accidents' and a dying soldier's warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can act, he must survive the mercenaries' brutal final initiation. The Emperor's daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father's murderer in the capital. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. Lastly Kaden, heir to the empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God's disciples teach their harsh ways, which Kaden must master to unlock ancient powers. But when an imperial delegation arrives, has he learnt enough to keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

Book Review Digest

Book Review Digest

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  • Category: Bibliography
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The Oxford Companion to English Literature

The Oxford Companion to English Literature

  • Author: Dinah Birch
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191030848
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 1184
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The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.

The Emperor's Whore

The Emperor's Whore

  • Author: Blair Edgar
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1326032186
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 224
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The final novel in the Mortimer Quartet rounds the story out. Paul has had another major historical success with The White Hart a novel about Richard the Second. Joseph is working on the story of Antinous the boy lover of the Emperor Hadrian. Egged on by Chris Patsos, Joseph struggles to find a unique way into the Antinous story, Paul receives a mysterious present from Esther Fanning. All along this has been Paul Barclay's story and he finally sees the overall picture that has ruled his life for fourteen years. It is in the final story The Emperor's Whore that he understands the power, the games and manipulation that have made both he and Joseph so immensely wealthy. The Mortimer Quartet is an extraordinary journey through the lives of a close knit group of people whose aim was domination, promoting the ones they chose, and the accruing of money and power.

Barriers, Borders and Crossings in British Postcolonial Fiction

Barriers, Borders and Crossings in British Postcolonial Fiction

A Gender Perspective

  • Author: Cecilia Rosa Acquarone
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443848875
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 245
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“Dr Cecilia Acquarone’s perceptive analysis of liminality in British postcolonial fiction from a gender perspective constitutes an innovative, thought-provoking and crystal-clear study of female ‘versus’ male responses to the challenges of postmodernity as exemplified by significant British postcolonial writers. The book can be justly praised for the lucid use of theoretical language and the exploration of modern and postmodern ideology in an unobstrusive form, pinpointing the most significant phenomena related to the topic in question. Dr Acquarone locates the relevance of barriers, borders and crossings with gender on the agenda within the realm of tragedy and comedy, providing a sensible and sensitive humanistic approach to the works of some of the most outstanding authors of British postcolonial fiction. In sum, Cecilia Acquarone’s book is undoubtedly an invaluable contribution to the field of British postcolonial studies.” —Dr Antonio Ballesteros-Gonzalez, Spanish Open University “Cecilia Acquarone’s Barriers, Borders and Crossing in British Postcolonial Fiction: A Gender Perspective is a particularly interesting contribution to the field of postcolonial criticism due to its perceptive intertwining of a sound theoretical background and a sensitive close reading of representative novels by major writers of contemporary multicultural Britain. … In a clear prose, she sheds light on highly complex philosophical and sociological issues, expounding on what the feminine and the masculine perspective can contribute to the hard task of peaceful coexistence in contemporary British multicultural society.” —Ángeles de la Concha, Catedrática de Filología Inglesa, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia “Barriers, Borders and Crossing in British Postcolonial Fiction: A Gender Perspective provides an original attempt to map an increasingly visible body of writing in the UK in recent years. In her analysis of key novels by black and Asian British writers … the author highlights an opposition between the predominantly tragic vision of life of the male authors and the fundamentally comic vision of life found in the women writers. … The author offers a provocative reading of recent black and Asian British fiction as postmodernist works in which the writers respond differently to contemporary conditions. The volume is a significant contribution to the field of postcolonial studies and diaspora studies, and its use of the comedy-tragedy paradigm to understand recent fiction enriches more common approaches to the two major ways of experiencing and discussing diaspora.” —Dr Sofía Muñoz-Valdivieso, Associate Professor, University of Malaga