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Chapter 2: Critical Reception of Rushdie's Novels

Chapter 2: Critical Reception of Rushdie’s Novels

In the West, rightly or wrongly, Salman Rushdie enjoys the status of the torchbearer of Indian Writing in English. In the literary / critic’s domain, he enjoys this position, not since the controversies of 1988 (The Satanic Verses) rather since 1981 (Midnight’s Children). The importance of being Midnight’s Children lies in that it gave the …

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Shakespeare's Art

Shakespeare’s Art

‘Shakespeare wanted art,’ Ben Jonson says bluntly, and comments on the statement in a well-known passage: ‘He had an excellent phantasy, brave notions, and gentle expressions, wherein he flowed with that facility that sometimes it was necessary he should be stopped. “Sufflami­nandus erat,” (‘He had to be repressed’) as Augustus said of Haterius. Milton echoed …

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