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Hell in Contemporary LiteratureWestern Descent Narratives since 1945$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617630

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.001.0001

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East-West Descent Narratives

East-West Descent Narratives

(p.196) Chapter 8 East-West Descent Narratives
Hell in Contemporary Literature

Rachel Falconer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses several East–West descent narratives. The first is Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, which represents the descent of a Western, imperial hero into a demonic Eastern/Southern underworld. The chapter then studies Salman Rushdie's The Jaguar Smile and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, the latter as a revision of the myth of Orpheus, and examines rich and positive representations of East–West relations and descent journeys from one region to another. It also contrasts the Bush administration's polarised worldview, where certain Eastern states have all been characterised as an ‘axis of evil’.

Keywords:   East–West descent, Orpheus, Salman Rushdie, East–West relations, descent journeys, Bush administration, worldview, axis of evil

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