Frontiers and Thresholds in Rushdie's Writings

Radhouan Ben Amara


After a brief discussion of the main facets that a theme such as the border becomes, this paper examines how the works of Salman Rushdie have offered new perspectives on the interpretation of the role and the sense of the border.

With the aid of some studies, such as those by Simmel and Derrida which highlight the complex phenomena of inclusion/exclusion/encounter that the boundary creates on a sociological, political, cultural and aesthetic level, it has been possible to reread some of the most meaningful works of one of the authors to which the theme of exile and migration has been devoting more attention.

Works such as Shame, The Satanic Verses, Step Across This Line, and The Enchantress of Florence, in particular, become carriers of the reflection on the roots and influence through the use of a dialogic form at a linguistic and intertextual level, as well as through a constant theming of the frontier-crossing.


Salman Rushdie; Derrida; Border; Translation; Diaspora

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