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Biographical contexts

Andrew Teverson

in Salman Rushdie

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719070501
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070501.003.0005
Biographical contexts

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If the reservoir of Rushdie's imaginative resources is substantially fed by stories drawn from the complex intertextual sea of world narrative, it is also generously topped up by events taken from his own biography and family history. This chapter discusses how Rushdie freely adapts autobiographical elements to suit the demands of a fiction that is more concerned to use elements of fantasy to dramatise the experience of pre- and post-colonial India than it is to offer a veracious account of his childhood.

Keywords: Salman Rusdie; biography; family history; fantasy

Chapter.  14668 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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