The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Rushdie is a major contemporary writer, who engages with some of the vital issues of our times: migrancy, postcolonialism, religious authoritarianism. This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to his entire oeuvre. Part I provides thematic readings of Rushdie and his work, with chapters on how Bollywood films are intertextual with the fiction, the place of family and gender in the work, the influence of English writing and reflections on the fatwa. Part II discusses Rushdie's importance for postcolonial writing and provides detailed interpretations of his fiction. In one volume, this book provides a stimulating introduction to the author and his work in a range of expert essays and readings. With its detailed chronology of Rushdie's life and a comprehensive bibliography of further reading, this volume will be invaluable to undergraduates studying Rushdie and to the general reader interested in his work.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Themes and Issues
Rushdie and Bollywood cinemap. 11
Salman Rushdie and the English traditionp. 29
The fatwa and its aftermathp. 45
Family and gender in Rushdie's writingp. 61
Studies of Individual Texts
Tricksters and the common herd in Salman Rushdie's Grimusp. 77
Themes and structures in Midnight's Childrenp. 91
Reading 'Pakistan' in Salman Rushdie's Shamep. 109
The Satanic Verses: 'To be born again, first you have to die'p. 125
The shorter fictionp. 139
The politics of the palimpsest in The Moor's Last Sighp. 153
The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Fury: The reinvention of locationp. 169
Guide to further readingp. 185
Indexp. 197
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