Plural Worldview in Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence

  • Dr Nabarun Ghosh Department of English, Jagjiwan College, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara, Bhojpur, Bihar

Abstract

Salman Rushdie’s status as an immigrant to Britain but writing about the Indian sub-continent allows him to posit himself as both an ‘insider’ and an ‘outsider’ of both cultures. Rushdie’s hybrid identity as an Indian, now migrated to Britain, very well suits the technique of magic realism in order to raise voice for those who are marginalized because of their language, religion, caste and nationality.


This research paper attempts to analyze Salman Rushdie’s use of magic realist technique in his novel The Enchantress of Florence in order to depict a plural worldview. By using this technique Rushdie successfully blurs the boundary between fact and fiction. At the same time, this technique enables him to give voice to the historically marginalized character Qora Koz, as the novel is his attempt to write history from below.


Keywords


History, marginality, magic realism, postmodernism, hybridity, decolonization, Salman Rushdie, Dr. Nabarun Ghosh.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Dr Nabarun Ghosh, Department of English, Jagjiwan College, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara, Bhojpur, Bihar

Dr. Nabarun Ghosh is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Jagjiwan College, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara, Bhojpur, Bihar. He has completed his MA and Phd from the Department of English, Banaras Hindu University. His area of interests include postcolonial literature in English, literary theory and English phonetics.

References

1. Bowers, Maggie, Ann. Magic(al) Realism. New York: Routledge, 2007. Print.
2. Hart, Stephen, M. and Wen-chin Ouyang. eds. A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridhe: Tamesis, 2005. Print.
3. Hegerfeldt, Anne C. Lies that Tell the Truth. New York: Rodopi B.V., 2005. Print.
4. Hutcheon, Linda. A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. New Delhi: Routledge, 1988. Print.
5. Rushdie, Salman. The Enchantress of Florence. London: Vintage, 2009. Print.
Published
2018-05-26
How to Cite
GHOSH, Dr Nabarun. Plural Worldview in Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. Contemporary Literary Review India, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 83-93, may 2018. ISSN 2394-6075. Available at: <http://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/333>. Date accessed: 18 june 2018.
Section
Research Papers