“Ain’t It a Ripping Night”: Alcoholism and the Legacies of Empire in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.

  title={“Ain’t It a Ripping Night”: Alcoholism and the Legacies of Empire in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.},
  author={Sam Goodman},
  journal={English Studies (Amsterdam, Netherlands)},
  pages={307 - 324}
  • S. Goodman
  • Published 3 April 2018
  • Art
  • English Studies (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
ABSTRACT In the era of decolonisation that followed the Second World War, various authors sought to engage with India and the Empire’s past anew throughout their novels, identifying medicine and illness as key parts of Imperial authority and colonial experience. Salman Rushdie’s approach to the Raj in Midnight’s Children (1981) focused on the broad sweep of colonial life, juxtaposing the political and the personal. This article argues that Rushdie explores the history of colonial India by… 
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