East-West Descent Narratives

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI:
East-West Descent Narratives

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This chapter discusses several East–West descent narratives. The first is Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, which represents the descent of a Western, imperial hero into a demonic Eastern/Southern underworld. The chapter then studies Salman Rushdie's The Jaguar Smile and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, the latter as a revision of the myth of Orpheus, and examines rich and positive representations of East–West relations and descent journeys from one region to another. It also contrasts the Bush administration's polarised worldview, where certain Eastern states have all been characterised as an ‘axis of evil’.

Keywords: East–West descent; Orpheus; Salman Rushdie; East–West relations; descent journeys; Bush administration; worldview; axis of evil

Chapter.  12830 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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