Open Access

Peer-reviewed

Research Article

Main Article Content

Xiaohong Zhangcorresponding author
Peiyi Ou

Abstract

Salman Rushdie’s fiction is well-known for its abundant mixes of magic realist and science fiction textual elements. By resorting to three writing strategies, namely “meta-writing,” “split-writing” and writing about identity-related issues, Rushdie generates a type of “inter-generic writing” that serves to voice authorial appeals for hybridity, impurity and plurality. Meta-writing is an authorial construction of the neo-historicist verisimilitude justifying the legitimacy and self-sufficiency of literary writing. Split-writing reveals “the alterity of selves,” thus advocating tolerance and pluralism. Writing about identity-related issues is no less than a politicized identity construction, in the quest for multiple postcolonial subjectivities in the “Third Space.”

Keywords
magic realism, science fiction, intergenericity, “Inter-generic” writing, dialogism

Article Details

Supporting Agencies
This paper was supported by the National Social Science Fund of China (NSSF-19BWW065), and by the Department of Education of Guangdong Province (2017WZDXM035).
How to Cite
Zhang, X., & Ou, P. (2021). Magic realism and science fiction: Salman Rushdie’s inter-generic writing. International Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2(1), 36-43. https://doi.org/10.25082/IJAH.2021.01.001

References

  1. Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G., & Tiffin, H. (2002). The empire writes back. London: Routledge.
  2. Bhabha, H. K. (1994). The location of culture. New York: Routledge.
  3. Bloom, H. (2003). Salman Rushdie. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers.
  4. Bowers, M. A. (2004). Magic(al) realism: The new critical idiom. New York: Routledge.
  5. Boyagoda, R. (2008). Race, immigration, and American identity in the fiction of Salman Rushdie, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner. New York: Routledge.
  6. Brennan, T. (1989). Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the nation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  7. Cornea, C. (2007). Science fiction cinema: Between fantasy and reality. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  8. Hart, S. M., & Ouyang W. (2005). A companion to magical realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis Books.
  9. Hogle, J. E. (2014). The Cambridge companion to the modern gothic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  10. Kristeva, J. (1986). Word, dialog and novel. In T. Moi (Ed.), The Kristeva reader. New York: Columbia University Press.
  11. Kristeva, J. (1991). Strangers to ourselves (L. S. Roudiez, (Trans.). New York: Columbia University Press.
  12. Lacan, J. (2005). E´crits: A selection (A. Sheridan, Trans.). London: Taylor & Francis.
  13. Leal, L. (1995). Magical realism in Spanish American literature. In L. P. Zamora & W. B. Faris (Eds.), Magical realism, theory, history, community. Durham: Duke University Press.
  14. Marc, A., & Darko, S. (1979). Not only but also: Reflections on cognition and ideology in science fiction and SF criticism. Science Fiction Studies. https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/18/angenot18art.htm
  15. Maurer, Y. (2014). The science fiction dimensions of Salman Rushdie. North Carolina: McFarland & Company.
  16. Mcleod, J. (2007). The Routledge companion to postcolonial studies. New York: Routledge.
  17. Nussbaum, M. C. (2010). Not for profit: Why democracy needs the humanities. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  18. Nussbaum, M. C. (1990). Love’s knowledge: Essays on philosophy and literature. New York: Oxford University Press.
  19. Roberts, A. (2006). Science fiction. New York: Routledge.
  20. Rushdie, S. (1990). Haroun and the sea of stories. London: Puffin Books.
  21. Rushdie, S. (1991). Imaginary homeland: Essays and criticism 1981-1991. London: Granta Books.
  22. Rushdie, S. (1995). The moor’s last sigh. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
  23. Rushdie, S. (1999). The ground beneath her feet. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
  24. Rushdie, S. (2001). Fury. New York: Random House.
  25. Rushdie, S. (2002). Step across this line: Collected nonfiction 1992-2002. New York: Random House.
  26. Rushdie, S. (2012). Joseph Anton: A memoir. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
  27. Rushdie, S. (2008). The enchantress of Florence. New York: Random House.
  28. Sasser, K. A. (2014). Magical realism and cosmopolitanism: Strategizing belonging. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  29. Spinrad, N. (1972). The iron dream. London: Gollancz.
  30. Teverson, A. (2007). Salman Rushdie. Manchester: Manchester University Press.