Liselotte Glage, Ruediger Kunow (Eds.):
'The Decolonizing Pen' -
Cultural Diversity and the Transnational Imaginary in Rushdie's Fiction


Salman Rushdie has since the "fatwa" been subject of and to an ongoing debate about freedom of art, about relations between culture and politics, art and religion. This book looks back at this debate from today's vantage point and positions the discussions of the 1980s and 1990s in the more general context of the debate between the "First" and "Third" worlds. In this larger context "Rushdie" is shown to figure as an ambivalent person and an even more ambivalent transcultural signifier: the ideal mediator between hegemonic and emergent cultures, a new form of Orientalism, a pandit of a new age of migration. Arguing from various perspectives, the articles focus especially on the exilic element of Rushdie's fictions as representative of a new imaginary which traces the circulation of people and cultures in the transnational force field between Mumbai, London and New York.

The essays collected here were for the most part presented at an international Rushdie symposium at the University of Hannover. Also included are statements from the Student's Forum of this symposium.


ISBN 3-88476-452-7, 146 S., kt., € 20,50 (2001)

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