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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2020, 2(8); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2020.020809.

Swinging Identity in Zadie Smith’s Swing Time


Xiong Li 1,2

Corresponding Author:
Xiong Li

1 School of foreign languages, jiujiang university, Jiujiang Jiangxi, China

2 Dong-A University, Busan, South Korea


Identity construction is one of the most sensitive issues immigrant groups need to face. Zadie Smith shows us a multi-dimensional scene of the status quo and crisis of immigrant groups’ identity in contemporary British society from multiple perspectives in Swing Time. Through the analysis of the first-person protagonist’s identity construction, this article see from different levels that the root of the identity crisis is that when the narrator is facing the multicultural society, due to the influence of the family and the deviation of personal understanding, she can never establish a tolerant and moderate attitude. From the standpoint of a diaspora individual, Smith emphasizes the importance of open mind and inclusive mind through the failure of the identity construction of the protagonist in this novel.


Zadie smith, Swing time, Diaspora, Community, Identity construction

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Xiong Li. Swinging Identity in Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 8: 45-47. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2020.020809.


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