Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




M. Lynn Weiss

Committee Members

Simon Joyce

R. Benedito Ferrao

Chinua Thelwell


“Whole and Hybrid” explores the influence of hybridity theory in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1988) and Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist (2002). Hybridity theory refers to the branch of postcolonial theory popularized by Homi Bhabha that looks the ways in which literature, individuals, and communities respond to cultural interaction, especially in postcolonial societies. As literature written by British-Indian authors, these two novels are concerned with the relationship between Britain and India, both during and following the British Raj. This thesis looks in particular at how magical realism relates to colonialism, the link between performativity and identity, and how language both complicates and enforces the hybridity in the novels.

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