Midnight's Children | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Teresa Heffernan

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of Midnight's Children.
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Critical Essay by Teresa Heffernan

SOURCE: Heffernan, Teresa. “Apocalyptic Narratives: The Nation in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.Twentieth-Century Literature 46, no. 4 (winter 2000): 470-91.

In the following essay, Heffernan argues that, in Midnight's Children, Rushdie explores “an alternative, though equally apocalyptic, concept of the nation, the Islamic umma.

The radically performative laying down of the law by the legislator must create the very context according to which that law could be judged to be just: the founding moment, the pre-, is always already inhabited by the post-.

—Geoffrey Bennington (132)

Thus the veil had to fall so that with it the strongholds of reactionaries preventing women from being educated and participating in public life would fall.

—Amina Said (360)

In the Book of Revelation, John is living in forced exile on the island of Patmos.1 Opposed...

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