Exploring Magic Realism in Salman Rushdie’s Fiction

By Ursula Kluwick

© 2012 – Routledge

234 pages

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pub: 2011-12-20
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About the Book

Kluwick breaks new ground in this book, moving away from Rushdie studies that focus on his status as postcolonial or postmodern, and instead considering the significance of magic realism in his fiction. Rushdie’s magic realism, in fact, lies at the heart of his engagement with the post/colonial.

In a departure from conventional descriptions of magic realism—based primarily on the Latin-American tradition—Kluwick here proposes an alternative definition, allowing for a more accurate description of the form. She argues that it is disharmony, rather than harmony, that is decisive: that the incompatibility of the realist and the supernatural needs to be recognized as a driving force in Rushdie’s fiction.

In its rigorous analysis of this Rushdian magic realism, this book considers the entire corpus—Midnight’s Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Shalimar the Clown, and The Enchantress of Florence. This study is the first of its kind to do so.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Defining Magic Realism: Historical and Theoretical Foundations 2. Making Magic Realistic: The Realist Code 3. Making Realism Magic: The Supernatural Code 4. Verbal Magic: The Poetics of Ambivalence 5. Juicy Mangos, Sexy Spices: Magic Realism and the Strategies of Exoticist Discourse 6. Of Beasts and Houris: Rushdie’s Magic Realist Characters 7. Magic Realism and the Politics Of Ambivalence 8. Conclusion: A New Trend?

About the Author

Ursula Kluwick is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Indic