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Aesthetics of Representing Cultural Paradigms in Rushdie

Meenu A. Gupta

Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

*Corresponding author: Meenu A. Gupta

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In the contemporary century where the world is metamorphosed to a global vil-lage, the concept of national culture and national literature is certainly belied. The world literature, today, simultaneously represents an important multicultural perspective within individual national literatures as well as more global perspec-tive taking in the phenomena of transculturalism and diaspora confluence. Ray-mond Williams develops a theory of relation between culture at large and cultural products like literature. Culture is manifested in human artifacts and activities such as music, literature, life-style, food, painting, sculpture, theatre and film. It can be said that arts and the world of science with their moral systems come to form culture. These are constantly in a spatio-temporal flux that renders an inex-haustible range of meanings and a catalogue of the elements. In this process of evolution a particular aspect dominates or fades off at some space-time coordi-nate. The pattern of human activity and the symbolic structures give such activi-ties significance and importance. Rushdie, like other postcolonial writers not only reflects upon the political aspects of history but also deconstructs the interrela-tionships between history and individual to delve into the moral and psychological tensions of the native homeland. His novels are the fine example where ethics of the nation are well represented in the aesthetics of his works. The paper is a research work that delves into Rushdie’s novels to look for various cultural representations.


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How to cite this paper: Meenu A. Gupta. (2020) Aesthetics of Representing Cultural Paradigms in Rushdie. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science4(2), 99-108.

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