Postethnicity and Postcommunism in Hanif Kureishi’s Gabriel’s Gift and Salman Rushdie’s Fury

In: Reconstructing Hybridity

This article argues that the events of September 11, 2001 may lead us to fundamentally rethink some of the key tenets of postcolonial theory, most notably the concept of hybridity. In light of this (political and theoretical) necessity of critical revision, it is all the more striking that (erstwhile) postcolonial writers such as Salman Rushdie and Hanif Kureishi have their fictional protagonists – in their most recent novels Fury and Gabriel’s Gift, respectively – go mainstream and hence postethnic, while they discover a new kind of cultural exoticism: the off-white allure of postcommunist subjects.

Reconstructing Hybridity

Post-Colonial Studies in Transition

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