Postcolonial Lack and Aesthetic Promise in Salman Rushdie’s <i>The Moor’s Last Sigh</i>

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Alexandra W. Schultheis Moore, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In his documentary film The Riddle of Midnight, Salman Rushdie returns to India 40 years after independence to see if a definable national identity exists. He interviews Indians of different backgrounds and economic statuses, and a crowd confronts him and asks "How can a country that never previously existed become independent? What does it mean to call this crowd of separate national histories, conflicting cultures, and warring faiths, a nation?" Rushdie, is narrator and national spokesman, answers unsatisfactorily, “It's by the lack of definition that you know it's you.”

Additional Information

Publication
Twentieth Century Literature 47.4 (Winter): 569-595.
Language: English
Date: 2001
Keywords
India, Salman Rushdie, Literary analysis, National identity, Family