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Artefacts of WritingIdeas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing$
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Peter D. McDonald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725152

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198725152.001.0001

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Beyond Multiculturalism

Beyond Multiculturalism

Tagore . . Joyce … Rushdie . . Chaudhuri

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(p.243) 8 Beyond Multiculturalism
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Artefacts of Writing
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Peter D. McDonald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198725152.003.0010

Seen in the context of the evolving critique of multiculturalism within UNESCO, this chapter examines the network of relationships linking Joyce, Tagore, Salman Rushdie, and Amit Chaudhuri. It begins by showing how The Satanic Verses (1988) constitutes a creative adaption of Finnegans Wake, effectively re-novelizing it in terms that were more consistent with Rushdie’s conception of multiculturalism than Joyce’s more challenging idea of the interlingual and the intercultural. As a way of thinking about the ‘unconstitutional spaces’ literature opens up, the chapter then considers the importance of Tagore’s modernist poetics and anti-statism for the contemporary Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri. It concludes with a reading of Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad (2014) as an articulation of his alternative vision of the intercultural in general and of the legacies of Joyce and Tagore in particular.

Keywords:   Rushdie, Amit Chaudhuri, Tagore, Joyce, multiculturalism, interculturality, post-critical reading, Indian constitution, secularism, London

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