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Salman Rushdie : Midnight's Children-The Satanic Verses :  Midnight's Children-The Satanic Verses - David Smale

Salman Rushdie : Midnight's Children-The Satanic Verses

Midnight's Children-The Satanic Verses

Paperback Published: 9th July 2001
ISBN: 9781840462531
Number Of Pages: 208

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The Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children (1981) marked a decisive commercial and critical upturn in Salman Rushdie's career as a novelist. The instantly recognisable face of postcolonial literature, Rushdie now finds himself in a unique position in global culture, following the fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini on publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988. This novel has brought down the weight of fundamentalist politics on a writer regarded as a paradigm of postmodernism, and become the very real embodiment of a multitude of debates at the heart of contemporary criticism.

In this Readers' Guide, David Smale traces the critical reception of this fascinating writer by examining the changing responses to his two best-known works. As a novelist and icon, Rushdie has embraced both 'popular' and 'high' culture; reflecting this, the Guide brings together both academic criticism and journalism to investigate the passions and preoccupations of Rushdie's many critics, steering the reader through the inflamed debates and rhetoric surrounding this much admired but controversial author.

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Introductionp. 7
'Rising from My Pages Comes the Unmistakable Whiff of Chutney': Reviews of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Versesp. 12
'Of What Fusions, Translations, Conjoinings Is It Made?': Intertexts and Questions of Traditionp. 34
'It Was and It Was Not So...It Happened and It Never Did': History, Historicism and Nationp. 63
'Mutability of the Essence of the Self': Writing the Migrant Experiencep. 88
'How Are We to Understand My Too-Many Women?': The Issue of Gender in Rushdie's Fictionp. 116
'And if Rivers of Blood Flow From the Cuts His Verses Inflict': The Politics of Fictionp. 135
Notesp. 164
Select Bibliographyp. 177
Acknowledgementsp. 184
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9781840462531
ISBN-10: 1840462531
Series: Readers' Guide to Essential Criticism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 9th July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1