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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 5, Issue 1, Part C (2023)

Blend of History, Fantasy, and Fable: A Study of Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence


Savita Somani and Rashmi Bhatnagar


Unlike conventional historical fiction, postmodern historical fiction presents history in a distinctive and distinctive manner. Novelists depict history and incorporate historical personalities and events that are shown directly in their works. They dismantle and dehistoricize history during this process. The ideas that postmodern novels vigorously reject include the accurate recounting of historical events, the objective treatment of historical personalities, and an effort to convey genuine history. The authors of the novels purposefully alter, make up, and give a whole new version of the past rather than narrating it accurately. This research paper focuses on how Rushdie blurs the line between history and fiction in his well-known novel The Enchantress of Florence and what he hopes to accomplish by doing so. This novel makes it clear how fascinated he is with history. Rushdie appears to be firmly bound to the past. He blended folklore and history to create new myths and histories in the novel. In order to free history from positivism and reimagine it, the novelist has merged myth and history, fact and fantasy. His works have been made richer by this blending of the historical and the legendary, as well as the actual and the imaginary, and it has also provided fresh perspectives on how to read and write history.

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International Journal of Research in English
How to cite this article:
Savita Somani and Rashmi Bhatnagar. Blend of History, Fantasy, and Fable: A Study of Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2023;5(1):192-194. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2023.v5.i1c.110
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