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Postcolonial Discourse and Cultural Globalization : Salman Rusidie's Midnight's Children

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2006, (37), pp.177-202
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

Dauk-Suhn Hong 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Postcolonial literature has been born from actual experiences of colonialism in modern history of imperialism and colonialism. It is a self-conscious counter discourse of the colonized countries which are fighting against the power of Western imperialism in order to settle up their own national identity. In the age of cultural globalization, however, it is really difficult for the so-called third world countries to keep their own cultural identity. Salman Rushdie is one of representative postcolonial writers who are trying to discover new cultural community of the postcolonial countries. In his novel Midnight's Children he gropes to find a new possibility of cultural community in the newly born country, India, after it has achieved its political and cultural independence from the British empire. The major theme of the novel is how to find a cultural identity, mixing the private history of an individual with the official stream of national history. The author argues in his novel that the national identity can be achieved by the cultural merging and exchange of the past colonial traces with the western culture.

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