2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Midnight's Children and the Third Space
Ty K. Fagan
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The conceptual framework known as Third Space is a relatively new arrival in the discipline of literary and cultural criticism, which is itself comparatively young. Third Space is related, but not reducible, to the realms of postmodernism, postcolonialism, and multiculturalism. A paradigmatic piece of Third Space literature, Salman Rushdie’s breakout novel Midnight’s Children is written entirely in the form of a retrospective autobiography by Saleem Sinai. This paper’s originality lies in its attempt to apply the Third Space conceptual model not to Rushdie’s novel, but to the literally identical autobiography of Saleem Sinai. I will be considering Saleem not only as a character, but as author of the pages of Midnight’s Children, exploring new depths of Third Space content in the novel. By doing so, I hope to provide evidence of the great fertility and utility of the Third Space model as a vehicle of artistic creation and critical discussion.

Keywords: Rushdie, postcolonialism, postmodernism, Third Space, Bhabha, Midnight's Children, literature, exile

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 45-1
Location: VH 1304
Time: 3:45

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