Salman Rushdie: Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991 (2566 words)

Catherine Pesso-Miquel (Université Lyon II)
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In Imaginary Homelands, published in 1991, Salman Rushdie collected essays and critical articles written between 1981 and 1991. The collection, which came out at the height of the “Rushdie Affair”, contains several essays dealing with Rushdie’s reaction to the fatwa against him, so it is no surprise that it was given a high profile at the time of its publication. Since then, it has been very much quoted by postcolonial scholars of various persuasion, becoming, in the process, a kind of sourcebook for Rushdie’s opinions about political issues and about his own literary work. Indeed, there is a kind of porosity between Rushdie’s novels and his essays, since the latter develop and clarify ideas and theories …

Citation: Pesso-Miquel, Catherine. "Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 April 2012 [, accessed 16 April 2021.]

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