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Diasporas of the MindJewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History$
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Bryan Cheyette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093186

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093186.001.0001

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Diaspora and Postcolonialism

Diaspora and Postcolonialism

Salman Rushdie and the Jews

(p.203) 6 Diaspora and Postcolonialism
Diasporas of the Mind

Bryan Cheyette

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the work of Salman Rushdie, and considers Rushdie’s identification with Roth as a Jewish writer under attack by his own community of readers. It is perhaps not a coincidence, in this regard, that the earliest version of Midnight’s Children, as a “vulgar” satire of Indira Gandhi, was based loosely on Roth’s Our Gang (1971). These forms of imaginative crossovers (seeing similarities in dissimilars) can be traced back to Rushdie’s earliest fiction and essays, and forward to his later novels.

Keywords:   diasporic imagination, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Jewish writer

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