Strangers in Strange Lands: The Immigrants and Ideology in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

Xiaotao WANG


In White Teeth, Zadie Smith portrays the multicultural and multiethnic Britain from the 1970s to the 1990s through the lives of three families. Contrary to most criticism which celebrates the hybridity of immigrants in White Teeth, this paper challenges the hybridity of the immigrants’ identity and studies the ideologies in the novel. This paper first examines the unhomeliness of the immigrants and then analyzes how British ideological state apparatuses successfully assimilate some of the immigrants while failing to assimilate the others and the role that school and families play in the assimilation process.



White Teeth; Immigrates; Unhomeliness; Ideological state apparatuses

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