White Teeth (2000)

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On 24th July we will be discussing Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, her debut novel which was published to acclaim in 2000. The resources on this page should enhance and support your reading.

 

 

 

Book club podcast

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Book 4 - Zadie Smith | 0 comments

In this podcast, the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club are discussing Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth. The discussion makes reference to the CWWA Book Club discussion points, but ranges widely as book club members provide their own responses to these texts. In particular, the contemporary setting, humour, and the publishing context of the novel interests the group. Do you agree or disagree with any of the issues raised? The Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club in discussion on Zadie Smith's White Teeth Play Now

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Idealism and Optiminism in White Teeth

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Book 4 - Zadie Smith | 0 comments

In Alice Ridout’s book Contemporary Women Writers Look Back: From Irony to Nostalgia (2010), she discusses certain critical reviews of White Teeth that questioned its “idealistic” and “optimistic celebration of London’s multiculturalism”. Ridout argues that in Smith’s second novel On Beauty, she parodies her own ‘optimistic’, perhaps naive (according some some reviewers) attitude to British multiculturalism in White Teeth, thus answering her critics (p. 110). Do you think that Smith ‘celebrates’ British multiculturalism...

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Discussion Points

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Book 4 - Zadie Smith | 0 comments

What do you think of the way the novel moves between historical time periods, places and different characters’ perspective? Does Smith do a good job of representing contemporary Britain? Is it significant that the novel is set in the build up to the turn of the Millennium? What might be significant about the novel’s central friendship, between Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal? How important is the theme of family histories? How would you describe the differences between the Chalfen family and other families in the narrative, the Joneses and...

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Web Resources

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Book 4 - Zadie Smith | 0 comments

  The British Council’s page on Zadie Smith, with a full bibliography.   ‘Interview’ magazine speak to Smith as she reflects on the success of White Teeth.   Smith’s Facebook author page, run by her publisher, for the purpose of sharing her news, journalism and short stories:   ‘The Embassy of Cambodia’, a short story by Smith, published in The New...

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Suggested further reading…

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Book 4 - Zadie Smith | 4 comments

If you liked Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, you might also like…   Monica Ali, Brick Lane (2003) Brick Lane tells the story of Nazneen, who leaves her home village in Bangladesh to marry a much older man and live in Tower Hamlets, London. A celebrated exploration of immigrant life in Britain at the turn of the Millennium, this is Monica Ali’s debut novel.   Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album (1995) Shahid arrives in London to study literature at college and escape his money-obsessed, British-Pakistani family. There, he is torn between a...

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