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Decentering Rushdie : Cosmopolitanism and the Indian Novel in English

Pranav Jani

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ISBN 10: 8125044523 / ISBN 13: 9788125044529
Published by Orient Blackswan, 2011
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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction  Looking Back 1 The Multiple Cosmopolitanisms of the Indian Novel in English 2 Dawn of Freedom Namak-Halaal Cosmopolitanisms in A Time to Be Happy and The Coffer Dams 3 Twilight Years Women Nation and Interiority in The Day in Shadow and Clear Light of Day 4 After Midnight Class and Nation in Midnight?s Children and Rich Like Us 5 Naaley Tomorrow Suffering and Redemption in The God of Small Things Conclusion Looking Ahead Notes  Decentering Rushdie printed under license from Ohio State University Press offers a new perspective on the Indian novel in English and interrogates current theories of cosmopolitanism nationalism and aesthetics in postcolonial studies The book works on the contention that Salman Rushdie?s Midnight?s Children which won the Booker Prize in 1981 has dominated all discussions of postcolonial literature in the recent few years with its postmodern style and orientation with the result that the rich variety of narrative forms and perspectives on the nation have been obscured if not erased altogetherReading a range of novels published between the 1950s and the 1990s including works by Nayantara Sahgal Kamala Markandaya Anita Desai and Arundhati Roy Decentering Rushdie suggests an alternative understanding of the genre in postcolonial India Pranav Jani documents the broad shift from nation-oriented to postnationalist perspectives following the watershed crisis of the Emergency of the 1970s Recovering the namak-halaal cosmopolitanism? of early novels a cosmopolitanism that is ?true to its salt Decentering Rushdie also explains the rise and critical celebration of postnational cosmopolitanism The book resituates contemporary literature within a nuanced history of Indian debates about cosmopolitanism and the national question 288 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 98907

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Title: Decentering Rushdie : Cosmopolitanism and ...

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

Publication Date: 2011

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Decentering rushdie, printed under license from ohio state university press, offers a new perspective on the indian novel in english and interrogates current theories of cosmopolitanism, nationalism and aesthetics in postcolonial studies the book works on the contention that salman rushdies midnights children which won the booker prize in 1981 has dominated all discussions of postcolonial literature in the recent few years with its postmodern style and orientation with the result that the rich variety of narrative forms and perspectives on the nation have been obscured, if not erased altogether reading a range of novels published between the 1950s and the 1990s, including works by nayantara sahgal, kamala markandaya, anita desai and arundhati roy, decentering rushdie suggests an alternative understanding of the genre in postcolonial india pranav jani documents the broad shift from nation-oriented to postnationalist perspectives following the watershed crisis of the emergency of the 1970s recovering the namak-halaal cosmopolitanism of early novels-a cosmopolitanism that is true to its salt, decentering rushdie also explains the rise and critical celebration of postnational cosmopolitanism the book resituates contemporary literature within a nuanced history of indian debates about cosmopolitanism and the national question

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