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Title: Too Much Rushdie, not enough Romance?: The UK Publishing Industy and BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Readership
Authors: Squires, Claire
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Editors: Procter, J
Benwell, B
Robinson, G
Citation: Squires C (2012) Too Much Rushdie, not enough Romance?: The UK Publishing Industy and BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Readership. In: Procter J, Benwell B, Robinson G (ed.). Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers, Reception. Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 99-111.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Series/Report no.: Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures
Abstract: First paragraph: The UK publishing industry in the twenty-fi rst century is one populated by high-profi le, multicultural authors. Monica Ali, Hari Kunzru, Andrea Levy and Zadie Smith have enjoyed critical and commercial success, building on the literary and marketplace achievements of postcolonial writers such as Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri and Arundhati Roy. Postcolonial and multicultural writers, and novels with multicultural characters and with postcolonial themes, have been foregrounded by the mechanisms of the industry: its marketing activities; its literary awards; and by the literary media. Yet how does the British publishing industry cater for multicultural consumers, or, in the acronym predominantly used in offi cial UK discourse, a BME (Black Minority Ethnic) readership?1 Using industry data and surveys, this chapter explores this question with regards to content, genre and access to reading material, and analyses how the operation of the book trade, and demographics of industry workers, might affect readership. It also considers whether the visibility of multicultural literary authors has infl ected the production and consumption of works towards an exoticising mode which, it is argued, does not encompass diversity of writing and reading practices, including in terms of genre.
Rights: Copyright 2012 From Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers, Reception edited by James Procter, Bethan Benwell, and Gemma Robinson. Reproduced by permission of Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, a division of Informa plc. This work is to be used for your research or private study purposes only.
Type: Part of book or chapter of book
Affiliation: English Studies

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