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SALMAN RUSHDIES LITERATURE A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

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NAVSANGEET SINGH

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Among the writers, the most notable is Salman Rushdie, born in India, and now living in the United Kingdom. Rushdie with his famous work Midnight’s Children (recipient of the Booker Prize 1981, Booker of Bookers 1992, and Best of the Bookers 2008) ushered in a new trend of writing. He used a hybrid language - English generously peppered with Indian terms - to convey a theme that could be seen as representing the vast canvas of India. He is usually categorized under the magic realism mode of writing most famously associated with Gabriel García Márquez.
Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Yet in the Middle Ages the Old English literature of the subjugated Saxons was leavened by the Latin and Anglo-Norman writings, eminently foreign in origin, in which the churchmen and the Norman conquerors expressed themselves. From this combination emerged a flexible and subtle linguistic instrument exploited by Geoffrey Chaucer and brought to supreme application by William Shakespeare. Chaucer was described by his immediate successors as the ‘Father of English poetry’ and as a touchstone for defining both what was ‘English’ and what ‘literature’ was. How does that make sense to us now, six hundred years later in literary history? Through close readings of a wide selection of Chaucer’s writings, we will not only celebrate the power and complexity of his use of language but also investigate some of the questions posed by these early claims. How do we understand literary origins and what is at stake in our attempts to do so? How far does Chaucer contribute to a national (or nationalist) sense of English literature? How does the literature of the medieval past shape our current critical reading practices?
First and foremost, English literature is celebrated for its towering figures, such as William Shakespeare, whose works have achieved global renown and continue to captivate audiences worldwide. Shakespeare's mastery of drama transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries, cementing his place as one of the greatest playwrights in history.
Moreover, English poetry, often deemed resistant to translation, is noted for its peculiar richness and complexity. While it may be challenging to compare with poetry from other literary traditions, English poetry occupies a prominent position in the literary canon, showcasing a diverse range of voices and styles.
English literature's humor is also acknowledged as idiosyncratic and difficult to convey to foreign audiences. Despite this challenge, English humor has left an indelible mark on the literary landscape, contributing to the distinctiveness of English literature.
Additionally, English literature boasts a remarkable body of travel writings, which provide insight into different cultures and perspectives. These works serve as a counterargument to accusations of insularity, demonstrating English literature's engagement with the wider world and its ability to transcend geographical boundaries.

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SALMAN RUSHDIES LITERATURE A CRITICAL ANALYSIS. NAVSANGEET SINGH. 2024. IJIRCT, Volume 10, Issue 2. Pages 1-4. https://www.ijirct.org/viewPaper.php?paperId=2403068

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