Outsiders, outcasts, and outlaws: postmodernism and rock music as countercultural forces in Salman Rushdie's The ground beneath her feet

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dc.contributor.author Hutt, Dan
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-06T21:57:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-06T21:57:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/8851
dc.description.abstract Salman Rushdie's 1999 novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet is ostensibly a rock 'n' roll novel, largely set in the 1960s, that traces the commercial rise of Indian rock star protagonists Vina Apsara and Ormus Cama. As their fame and wealth rise to global status and their stage show comes to entail a logistical complexity of military proportions, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the couple's earlier countercultural ideals within their new established culture status. I argue that despite the change from countercultural to establishment-based values in the novel's protagonists, Rushdie does make a case in The Ground Beneath Her Feet for the possibility of countercultural efficacy against the commodifying culture of global capitalism (which I refer to as the "Frame"). His recipe for combating the exclusive hierarchies produced by the Frame is a combination of the non-totalizing politics of postmodernism and the subversive potential of uncommodified rock music. I pay close attention to establishing the historical templates--John Lennon of the Beatles and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys--of the novel's protagonists in an effort to understand the sort of countercultural alternative Rushdie is proposing. I likewise focus on the novel's depiction of the Beach Boys' Smile album, which as a still commercially unreleased record, reinforces Rushdie's imperative in The Ground Beneath Her Feet for an uncommodifying counterculture and works in tandem with his portrayals of the artistic plights of several minor characters in the novel as well. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Salman Rushdie en_US
dc.subject The Ground Beneath Her Feet en_US
dc.subject Counterculture en_US
dc.subject Smile en_US
dc.subject Brian Wilson en_US
dc.subject Rock novel en_US
dc.title Outsiders, outcasts, and outlaws: postmodernism and rock music as countercultural forces in Salman Rushdie's The ground beneath her feet en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Dean G. Hall en_US
dc.subject.umi Literature (0401) en_US
dc.subject.umi Music (0413) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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