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Salman Rushdie's Cities: Continuum: Reconfigurational Politics and the Contemporary Urban Imagination : Reconfigurational Politics and the Contemporary Urban Imagination - Vassilena Parashkevova

Salman Rushdie's Cities: Continuum: Reconfigurational Politics and the Contemporary Urban Imagination

Reconfigurational Politics and the Contemporary Urban Imagination

Hardcover Published: 16th February 2012
ISBN: 9781441148506
Number Of Pages: 256

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Employing Salman Rushdie as a guide to a historicized contemporary, this study offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the plurality of cities along his transnational trajectory. It engages with the geographically identifiable Bombay, Karachi, Islamabad, London or New York; the phantasmal, politically coded, Jahilia or Mildendo, the inspirational yet flawed urban precedents of Fatehpur Sikri or Renaissance Florence and the ways these cities generate, interact with and transform each other. In contrast with those urban studies which remain in place, this book offers a new understanding of cities wider and constantly shifting interconnections with other cities and places in an unstable, unevenly globalized and dangerously or provocatively local world. The book situates Rushdies cities in relation to developments in Bombay, Karachi, Islamabad and London writing and focuses on novels which shuttle between cities. Parashkevova attends to cities cultural and historical contexts, to many of Rushdies numerous literary, cinematic and artistic influences and to diverse events, processes and paradigms earthquakes, translations, seductions that politically re-position cities and citizens on the contemporary urban map.

Introduction: Reconfiguring Cities: The Politics of the Tectonic, the Catoptric and the Specular; 1. Bombay Re-beginnings in Midnight's Children; 2. Urban Di-Versifications in The Satanic Verses; 3. "War of the Worlds": Diptychs and Triptychs in The Moor's Last Sigh; 4. "The Unsolidity of Solid Ground": Trojan Falls and Roman Rises in The Ground beneath Her Feet; 5. "Metropolitan Desires": Glocalist Seductions in Fury and Shalimar the Clown; 6. Mirrors-for-cities in The Enchantress of Florence; Afterword: Urban Beyonds; Bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9781441148506
ISBN-10: 1441148507
Series: Continuum Studies in the City
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th February 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 16.26  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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