The Child as Nation: Embodying the Nation in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children
Wallace calls for an investigation of the ways in which dominant discourses of childhood—that naturalize the child’s development toward a normative, rational adulthood—are put to use in the making of social and political hierarchies of the nation.
The category of “the child”, a foundational product of the modern episteme, remains an unacknowledged and therefore unexamined organising principle… of the modern nation-state in its relations with many of its own citizens and those of the so-called developing world. (286)
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