This book is an attempt to evaluate the articulation of national identity in the narratives of Salman Rushdie and in post-Rushdie Indo-English fiction as part of their endeavor to forge a postcolonial rupture with colonial history. This work should appeal to scholars interested in postcolonial literature studies. This work is about the narration of nation in the novels of Salman Rushdie and in post-Rushdie Indo-English fiction. It is an attempt to evaluate the articulation of national identity in these narratives as part of their endeavor to forge a postcolonial rupture with colonial history. While the tradition tries to retrieve its right to narrate its own story, the deep contradiction at the heart of these narratives is expressed in their conventions by which the "native" makes his reappearance in the postcolonial context and versions of nation often emerge as the underbelly of their colonial counterparts.
While such projections of national identity may be a part of the still continuing colonial cultural legacy, the literary and academic success of such "exotic" ventures play no less significant a role in the production and proliferation of these narratives, mostly published in the West.
Dr. Purna Chowdhury has taught Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies at Carleton University, Canada, and is currently, Professor of English at Heritage College, Quebec.
Foreword; Acknowledgement; Introduction; Nation, Narration and Postcoloniality - The Orientalist Aftermath; Postcolonial Fiction: Submission in Insurgency; Pickling Nation - The Art of Salman Rushdie in Midnight's Children and Shame; A Postcolonial Tragedy - Sara Suleri's Meatless Days; Postcolonial Performance: The Representation of India in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.