Muscular Multiculturalism: Bodies, Space, and Living Together in Andrea Levy'sSmall Island Academic Article uri icon


  • Taylor & Francis Group. This article argues that Andrea Levy's 2004 novel, Small Island, and its interrogation of the politics of British multiculturalism imagines a model of multicultural encounter that prioritizes the emplaced and embodied experience. Playing off of David Cameron's call for a "muscular liberalism," I suggest that Levy imagines a "muscular multiculturalism" whereby, through difficult, corporeal interactions, the inhabitants of a shared space learn to live together.

published proceedings

  • Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

author list (cited authors)

  • Johansen, E.

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM