Salman Rushdie in the Cultural Marketplace
Taking up the roles that Salman Rushdie himself has assumed as a cultural broker, gatekeeper, and mediator in various spheres of public production, Ana Cristina Mendes situates his work in terms of the contemporary production, circulation, and consumption of postcolonial texts within the workings of the cultural industries. Mendes pays particular attention to Rushdie as a public performer across various creative platforms, not only as a novelist and short story writer, but also as a public intellectual, reviewer, and film critic. Mendes argues that how a postcolonial author becomes personally and professionally enmeshed in the dealings of the cultural industries is of particular relevance at a time when the market is strictly regulated by a few multinational corporations. She contends that marginality should not be construed exclusively as a basis for understanding Rushdie’s work, since a critical grounding in marginality will predictably involve a reproduction of the traditional postcolonial binaries of oppressor/oppressed and colonizer/colonized that the writer subverts. Rather, she seeks to expand existing interpretations of Rushdie’s work, itineraries, and frameworks in order to take into account the actual conditions of postcolonial cultural production and circulation within a marketplace that is global in both orientation and effects.
’This astute and timely study is the first extensive look at the production of Salman Rushdie’s celebrity and authority. It is essential reading for scholars interested in Rushdie, in the fate of postcolonial literature, and in the economics of literary publishing.' Sarah Brouillette, Carleton University, Canada, author of Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace ’Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Ana Cristina Mendes’s book makes a genuine contribution to Rushdie studies.' Sara Upstone, Kingston University, UK, author of British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices 'Mendes's aim to draw a nuanced and multi-faceted image of Rushdie in the cultural marketplace is a successful one.' Review of English Studies