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"Trousdale writes with wit, is alert to illuminating details, and sustains and develops her argument effectively--making this a valuable addition to the collections supporting study of contemporary fiction and world literature."--Choice
“What a refreshing book! Trousdale is an imaginative scholar who is able to translate her learning and insight into crisp, lively prose… the book covers ground much wider than the two writers featured in the title. In a lucidly prosecuted dialog with major figures in the field, Trousdale explores the strengths and weaknesses of postmodernist and postcolonial theory. In doing so, she makes a real contribution to genre studies and intellectual history: her subtle definition of ‘transnational’ helps define the distinctiveness of a complex period in world literature. Her book is well researched, well thought, and beautifully written.”—Michael Holquist, Professor Emeritus, Comparative and Slavic Literature, Yale University
“This stimulating account of transnationalism proposes ways to resolve the tensions between postmodern and postcolonial interpretations of literary culture since 1950. Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination makes a strong case for loosening the two hundred year old grip of nationalism on literary study and shows Nabokov and Rushdie’s decisive relevance to this major, ongoing, scholarly conversation.”—John Burt Foster, Jr., George Mason University and editor of Recherche Littéraire/Literary Research
"Deftly navigating among tempting simplifications of her subtle subject, and swiftly evoking a rich context of contemporary writing, Rachel Trousdale shows us how Nabokov and Rushdie, through their elaborate fictions of migration, alter the very notion of home. She suggests that nothing can be quite the same for any attentive reader of these novelists, whether that reader is one of the modern world's many exiles or someone who has never left his or her village except in the mind. A remarkable achievement."--Michael Wood, Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University