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Manuscripts in an archive: Two unpublished Rushdie novels and a TV script

Mishra, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-0193-9736 (2017) Manuscripts in an archive: Two unpublished Rushdie novels and a TV script. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 52 (3). pp. 422-438.

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The article examines two unpublished novels and a TV script by Rushdie deposited in the Emory University Salman Rushdie Archive. Its aim is to offer an analysis of the contents of these unpublished works as well as to theorize their status with reference to fair copies of texts that do not have their corresponding published versions. Against Rushdie’s own declaration that these works were “garbage”, ephemeral material unworthy of circulation in the public domain, and certainly not useful to him as signposts of paths taken towards the composition of his more artistically accomplished works, the paper suggests unpublished fair copies have both intrinsic and textual value. As texts in potentia they require a theoretical model that would read them as text qua text and not as fair copies to be compared to their published versions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)
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