Frontiers and Thresholds in Rushdie's Writings

  • Radhouan Ben Amara Università di Cagliari
Keywords: Salman Rushdie, Derrida, Border, Translation, Diaspora


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.


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Author Biography

Radhouan Ben Amara, Università di Cagliari

Researcher in English Language and Translation at the University of Cagliari. He has published several books including: The Fragmentation of the Proper Name and the Crisis of Degree in King Lear, Munster, Verlag, 1991; Tradition, Traduction et Interprétation en Orient et en Occident, Cagliari, CUEC, 1997; The Desert in Travel Writing, Cagliari, Edizioni AV, 2006; Language and its Discontens. Essays on Speech, Writing, Grammar &Meaning, Roma, Aracne, 2008; Language and Cultural Translation. An Exile & a Permanent Errance, Roma, Aracne, 2009.


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How to Cite
Ben Amara, R. (2011). Frontiers and Thresholds in Rushdie’s Writings. Between, 1(1).
Writing and Visions: Threshold Crossings