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Self Nation Text In Salman Rushdie S Midnight S Children

Author: Neil Ten Kortenaar
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 9780773526211
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Many non-Indian readers find the historical and cultural references in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children demanding. In his close reading of the novel, Neil ten Kortenaar offers post-colonial literary strategies for understanding Midnight's Children that also challenge some of the prevailing interpretations of the novel. Using hybridity, mimicry, national allegory, and cosmopolitanism, all key critical concepts of postcolonial theory, ten Kortenaar reads Midnight's Children as an allegory of history, as a Bildungsroman and psychological study of a burgeoning national consciousness, and as a representation of the nation. He shows that the hybridity of Rushdie's fictional India is not created by different elements forming a whole but by the relationship among them. Self, Nation, Text in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children also makes an original argument about how nation-states are imagined and how national consciousness is formed in the citizen. The protagonist, Saleem Sinai, heroically identifies himself with the state, but this identification is beaten out of him until, in the end, he sees himself as the Common Man at the mercy of the state. Ten Kortenaar reveals Rushdie's India to be more self-conscious than many communal identities based on language: it is an India haunted by a dark twin called Pakistan; a nation in the way England is a nation but imagined against England. Mistrusting the openness of Tagore's Hindu India, it is both cosmopolitan and a specific subjective location.

The Other India

Author: Om Prakash Dwivedi
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443845019
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This book engages with critical issues which create a proper understanding of how identities and belonging are imagined and constructed in postcolonial India. The contributors have examined various texts and movies to discuss the implicit communal nature of postcolonial India. The book attempts to discuss the different ways in which India is badly plagued by communal politics and terrorism, and to offer a cogent alternative for creating a strong solidarity among different communities in India.

Ways Of Being Free

Author: Adnan Mahmutović
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9401208093
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Iconic migrant writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie and Ben Okri use their fictional worlds to articulate the ways in which existential “nervous conditions,” caused by violent postcolonial history, drive individuals to rework the critical notions of freedom, authenticity and community. This existential thread in their works has been largely ignored or left undeveloped in criticism. Although Rushdie has argued that they primarily write back to the imperial centre(s), in their signature novels, The English Patient, Midnight’s Children and The Famished Road, they respond to their conflicting cultural and ethnic heritages by dramatizing characters in traumatic struggles with belonging and affiliation. As a way of coping with their identity crises, most characters succumb to the political rhetoric of communalism. The central characters, however, are driven by a powerful desire for self-sufficiency. Yet, since this individualism clashes with their need for communal sharing, they enact a form of creative destruction of their singular selfhood and communal identity. They experience a certain plurality of singular selfhood and participate in forms of “inoperative communities,” which elicit bonds without ties and coexistence without the necessity of a common work and essence.

Salman Rushdie Interviews

Author: Pradyumna S. Chauhan
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313308093
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Without some insight into his thinking process, Salman Rushdie's complex novels must remain baffling even to the well-read. This selection of Rushdie interviews, gathered from diverse sources, provides a key to his mind and a gloss to his fiction. The material included here ranges from biographical snippets, through literary explications, to political dicta and historical analyses. Taken together, they make up a psycho-biography of the writer who, in our age, has emerged as the archetype of the romantic artist--tyrannized and tormented, yet refusing to abandon his position or his art. The interviews are accompanied by annotations, and a detailed index locates Rushdie's thoughts on a variety of topics.

Salman Rushdie

Author: Damian Grant
Publisher: Northcote House Pub Limited
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The new edition of the successful first edition will cover all of Rushdie's work up to the present.

Everyman S Library Contemporary Classics Set

Author: Everyman's Library
Publisher: Everyman's Library Limited
ISBN: 9780307383952
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From Chinua Achebe to Toni Morrison and Raymond Chandler to Joan Didion, the Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics set is a collection of the finest literature of our time by award-winning and bestselling writers with new introductions and author chronologies. This set includes one each of the following titles: Animal Farmby George Orwell Belovedby Toni Morrison The Best of Wodehouseby P. G. Wodehouse The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Windowby Raymond Chandler Black Mischief, Scoop, The Loved One, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfoldby Evelyn Waugh The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flowerby Penelope Fitzgerald The Border Trilogyby Cormac McCarthy Brideshead Revisitedby Evelyn Waugh The Cairo Trilogyby Naguib Mahfouz Carried Awayby Alice Munro The Castleby Franz Kafka Catch-22by Joseph Heller Collected Storiesby Franz Kafka Collected Storiesby Raymond Chandler Collected Storiesby Roald Dahl Collected Storiesby W. Somerset Maugham The Collected Worksby Kahlil Gibran The Complete Henry Bechby John Updike The Complete Short Storiesby Evelyn Waugh The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Storiesby Dashiell Hammett Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather Doctor Zhivagoby Boris Pasternak Dublinersby James Joyce Essaysby George Orwell Ficcionesby Jorge Luis Borges The Garden of the Finzi-Continisby Giorgio Bassani The General in His Labyrinthby Gabriel García Márquez The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood A House for Mr. Biswasby V. S. Naipaul The House of the Spiritsby Isabel Allende The Human Factorby Graham Greene If On a Winter's Night a Travelerby Italo Calvino Joseph and His Brothersby Thomas Mann The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playbackby Raymond Chandler Lolitaby Vladimir Nabokov Love in the Time of Choleraby Gabriel García Márquez The Magic Mountainby Thomas Mann The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvestby Dashiell Hammett The Master and Margaritaby Mikhail Bulgakov Midnight’s Childrenby Salman Rushdie Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamableby Samuel Beckett Mr. Sampath--The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatmaby R. K. Narayan Mrs. Dallowayby Virginia Woolf My Ántoniaby Willa Cather The Name of the Roseby Umberto Eco Nineteen Eighty-Fourby George Orwell Offshore, Human Voices, The Beginning of Springby Penelope Fitzgerald One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovichby Alexander Solzhenitsyn One Hundred Years of Solitudeby Gabriel García Márquez Pale Fireby Vladimir Nabokov A Passage to Indiaby E. M. Forster The Periodic Tableby Primo Levi The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essaysby Albert Camus Pninby Vladimir Nabokov A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manby James Joyce The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Storiesby James M. Cain The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver’s Seat, The Only Problemby Muriel Spark Rabbit Angstromby John Updike The Radetzky Marchby Joseph Roth Song of Solomonby Toni Morrison Sons and Loversby D. H. Lawrence Speak, Memoryby Vladimir Nabokov The Strangerby Albert Camus Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacherby R. K. Narayan The Sword of Honour Trilogy