Postmodernism in "Midnight's Children" Book Review

Postmodernism in "Midnight's Children"
A brief analysis of the themes of postmodernism and fragmentation in Salman Rushdie's novel "Midnight's Children".
# 114689 | 749 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | FR
Published on Jun 19, 2009 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper deals with the aspects of postmodernism in Salman Rushdie's novel "Midnight's Children". It is an overview and a critic of the major postmodernist features of the book, most specifically fragmentation, division, and intertextuality.

From the Paper:

"Maybe the most emphasized division in Midnight's Children is the fragmentation of the body. Indeed, throughout the novel, poor Saleem is submitted to a wave of mutilation on his own self. First he loses a portion of his hair, then one of his fingers is cut-off, his nose is taken care of by a surgeon in order to stop the leaks, and finally Saleem is emasculated by the Prime Minister. At some point, we can almost picture him as a frightening scarecrow. All these features convey the impotence of the narrator. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burroughs, William, Naked Lunch (Harper Perennial, 2005)
  • Burton, Richard F., Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (Random House, 2004)
  • Eliot, T.S., The Waste Land and Other Poems (Penguin, 2003)
  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel, One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
  • Pound, Ezra, The Cantos (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1999)

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