Salman Rushdie and the Genesis of Secrecy [Kõva köide]

(Murdoch University, Australia)
  • Formaat: Hardback, 264 pages, kõrgus x laius: 234x156 mm, 13 bw illus
  • Ilmumisaeg: 16-May-2019
  • Kirjastus: Bloomsbury Academic
  • ISBN-10: 1350094390
  • ISBN-13: 9781350094390
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  • Formaat: Hardback, 264 pages, kõrgus x laius: 234x156 mm, 13 bw illus
  • Ilmumisaeg: 16-May-2019
  • Kirjastus: Bloomsbury Academic
  • ISBN-10: 1350094390
  • ISBN-13: 9781350094390

Salman Rushdie and the Genesis of Secrecy is the first book to draw extensively from material in the Salman Rushdie archive at Emory University to uncover the makings of the British-Indian writer's modernist poetics. Simultaneously connecting Rushdie with radical non-Western humanism and an essentially English-European sensibility, and therefore questions about world literature, this book argues that a true understanding of the writer lies in uncovering his 'genesis of secrecy' through a close reading of his archive. Topics and materials explored include unpublished novels, plays and screenplays; the earlier versions and drafts of Midnight's Children and its adaptations; understanding Islam and The Satanic Verses; the influence of cinema; and Rushdie's turn to earlier archives as the secret codes of modernism.

Through careful examination of Rushdie's archive, Vijay Mishra demonstrates how Rushdie combines a radically new form of English with a familiarity with the generic registers of Indian, Arabic and Persian literary forms. Together, these present a contradictory orientalism that defines Rushdie's own humanism within the parameters of world literature.


At last: a properly researched, profoundly erudite book on Rushdie that gets the usual labels -- 'Indian', 'postcolonial', 'postmodern' -- off his back. * Graham Huggan, Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, University of Leeds, UK * This far-reaching, stimulating study explores a rich array of new approaches to one of the most significant writers of our time, Salman Rushdie. The leading Rushdie scholar Vijay Mishra builds on exhaustive reading of the Emory Rushdie archive to uncover realist, modernist, postmodern, and magic realist as well as the more usual postcolonial approaches to the writer. A must-read for all readers of Rushdie, this book has all the makings of a critical classic. * Elleke Boehmer FEA, Professor of World Literature, University of Oxford, UK * Vijay Mishra's dedication to the Salman Rushdie archive represents a significant contribution to the study of the postcolonial novel. He is a meticulous reader of texts and pre-texts and therefore has a fine grasp of the of the intellectual histories and cultural lineages of the Rushdie oeuvre. The "finished" work is always renewed and refreshed by a study of the crucible of its making. Students of Rushdie's remarkable novels will profit from keeping company with Mishra's prolific insights. * Homi K. Bhabha, Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University, USA *

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The first book to make use of the Salman Rushdie archive at Emory University to explore the makings of the contemporary British Indian writer's canon.
Preface and Acknowledgments Prologue: 'And what so tedious as a twice-told tale'
1. Archive Fever: The 'Biografiend' and the Genesis of Secrecy
2. Manuscripts in the Archive
3. The Riddle of Midnight's Children: Unravelling a Text
4. The Affective Turn and Salman Rushdie
5. Salman Rushdie Cinema and Bollywood
6. Archival Modernism Epilogue: Salman Rushdie Humanism and World Literature Bibliography Index
Vijay Mishra is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University, Australia. He has two doctorates, the first from the Australian National University in Medieval Indian Poetry and Aesthetics, the second from the University of Oxford in 18th-Century English Literature. He has written widely on literary and cultural studies, including Annotating Salman Rushdie: Reading the Postcolonial (2018), What Was Multiculturalism?: A Critical Retrospective (2012), The Literature of the Indian Diaspora: Theorizing the Diasporic Imaginary (2007), Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire (2002), Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime (1998), The Gothic Sublime (1994) and Dark Side of the Dream: Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Mind (with Bob Hodge, 1991).

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