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Book Reviews: Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Salman Rushdie's Novels and the Cinematic Imagination Florian Stadtler Routledge, Abingdon, 2013, hb 214pp ISBN 0 4158 0790 6 £85.00 Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema Rajinder Dudrah Routledge, Abingdon, 2012, hb 130pp ISBN 0 4154 4740 9 £85.00 Travels of Bollywood Cinema: From Bombay to LA Anjali Gera Roy and Chua Beng Huat, ed Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2012, hb 352pp ISBN 0 1980 7598 1 £30.00 The Science Fiction Dimensions of Salman Rushdie Yael Maurer McFarland Books, Jefferson, 2014, pb 212pp ISBN 0 7864 7496 7 $40.00

Mishra, V. (2015) Book Reviews: Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Salman Rushdie's Novels and the Cinematic Imagination Florian Stadtler Routledge, Abingdon, 2013, hb 214pp ISBN 0 4158 0790 6 £85.00 Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema Rajinder Dudrah Routledge, Abingdon, 2012, hb 130pp ISBN 0 4154 4740 9 £85.00 Travels of Bollywood Cinema: From Bombay to LA Anjali Gera Roy and Chua Beng Huat, ed Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2012, hb 352pp ISBN 0 1980 7598 1 £30.00 The Science Fiction Dimensions of Salman Rushdie Yael Maurer McFarland Books, Jefferson, 2014, pb 212pp ISBN 0 7864 7496 7 $40.00. Wasafiri, 30 (2). pp. 91-96.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2015.1011436
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Abstract

I have before me four books, two of which are about Salman Rushdie, the other two about a subject which, as the first book reviewed indicates, is of special interest to Rushdie. In recent years book length studies have looked at Salman Rushdie's works to explore radically new ways in which late modern writing has dealt with the links between fiction, form and context. In these studies Rushdie has been read as a cosmopolitan writer working at the cutting edge of theory and practice, and, in a narrower sense, as a postcolonial writer who sees his role as both an artist and social commentator. Florian Stadtler's Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema and Yael Maurer's The Science Fiction Dimension of Salman Rushdie take us to a shift in critical approaches to this major modern writer. So instead of works that develop the writing back to the empire argument he himself fashioned in his Times (3 July 1982) essay or his postmodern/magic realist affiliations, what is now emerging are carefully argued books that take on a slightly narrower theoretical perspective. Both books belong to this mode of critical engagement with Rushdie's works.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: 2015 Wasafiri
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/27240
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