Bernardine Evaristo: The Emperor's Babe (2190 words)

Conna Ray (The Nottingham Trent University)
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Bernardine Evaristo is a British writer who was born in South East London in 1959. She has produced eight full length books and has been the recipient of multiple literary awards. The daughter of a Nigerian man and an English woman, her plural heritage has been a valuable resource which has influenced her literary career. Much of her fictional work is concerned with exploring themes of race, un/belonging, and the African diaspora in Britain, and what it means for the individuals who occupy this hybrid, liminal position. Her second novel, The Emperor’s Babe: A Novel (TEB), was first published in 2001 (British Council, 2015). This “novel-in-verse” which “began life as a few poems that grew” (Collins, 2008, p. 1199) has …

Citation: Ray, Conna. "The Emperor's Babe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 January 2016 [, accessed 31 July 2021.]

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