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|標題:||Explicating the Fantastic: A Study of Magic Realism in Rushdie's Shame
In the thesis I offer a theoretical study of magic realism as well as specific discussion of Salman Rushdie's Shame to illustrate how magic realism, with its application of the fantastic, allows literature to undermine the official version of truth and make visible the silenced stories of the oppressed. The main body of the thesis is comprised of four chapters. Chapter One surveys magic realism, especially the fantastic elements that are incorporated in this literary genre. Chapter Two introduces Salman Rushdie and discusses his novel Shame from the perspective of magic realism. Chapter Three analyzes the fantastic elements in Shame and brings out the allegorical implications of these elements. Chapter Four focuses on Shame's folkloric magic which not only constitutes the fantasy in the novel but, most important of all, reflects the voices of the oppressed folk people. Finally, it is my argument in the conclusion that by means of magic realism, Rushdie has created a brilliant allegorical satire on Pakistan. With the rule-breaking use of the fantastic, Rushdie has overturned the official lies and exposed the masked reality of the oppressed. Shame, thus, is a work of resistance; it operates from the weak, from the margins. It, therefore, is a work of subversion, undermining the dominant discourses and reconstructing stories for the peripheral, the subaltern, the faceless people at the bottom.
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