Sir Salman Rushdie Sails for India and Rediscovers Spain: Postmodern Constructions of Sepharad

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This chapter discusses postmodern and postcolonial configurations of Sepharad, with an emphasis on revisions of Spanish Jewish history that question epistemologies of history rather than try to recover an authentic, rich heritage. Such counternarratives recast cultural history and the geopolitical lines of a Sephardic world that encompasses India, North Africa, and the Iberian peninsula. In other words, they reimagine history from a marginal, subaltern perspective and assume new transnational options for diaspora identities. This chapter examines novels and polemical narratives that adopt a political and ideological agenda founded on Sepharad in order to locate a shared environment for Jews and Arabs in a mythical world. These discursive moves challenge Eurocentricism and national “exclusivity,” especially Zionism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSephardism
Subtitle of host publicationSpanish Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination
EditorsYael Halevi-Wise
PublisherStanford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780804781718
ISBN (Print)9780804777469
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Publication series

NameStanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture


  • Indian literature
  • English language literature
  • 1900-1999
  • Rushdie, Salman (1947-)
  • The Moor's Last Sigh (1995)
  • novel
  • Sephardic Jewish experience
  • hybridity
  • postcolonialism


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