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Matt Hart, Incorporating Quoted Materials

The Fundamentals of Incorporating Quoted Materials

by Matt Hart


Extract from Bruce King, "The Black Album" in World Literature Today, Spring 1996, vol 70, no. 2, 405.


Shahid Hasan is "black British" victim of the latest trends and is caught between being second-generation British and those, skinheads and Muslims, who consider him a Pakistani. His father thought himself finished with Asia and Islam, but a boom-and-bust everyone-for-himself economy, working-class resentment, postcolonial theorists, and the expedient multiculturalism of some Labour Party politicians have destroyed any national consensus. . . . Kureishi is a witty, knowing satirist with a sense of what is newsworthy and characteristic, but he can be trite. If the tone and structure feel mishandled and unfixed, that results from the rapidly shifting, Ecstacy-influenced, high-speed hallucinatory style which the novel imitates.


  1. Direct Quotation:

    King best describes Kureishi's qualities as a writer in the following sentence . . .


  2. Mixed Quotation:

    According to King, Shahid's father [. . . ] and yet in the year of the Verses affair [. . . ] have all but destroyed any agreement about what it is to be British (King, 405).


  3. Paraphrase:

    King thinks that Kureishi's novel is witty but [. . .] (King, 405).