Regulation of Conduct and Two Contrasting Models of Subjectivity in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses
Keywords:Subjectivity; Conduct; Power;The Satanic Verses
In this paper, I propose to use the idea of subjectivity articulated in the work of Michel Foucault to highlight two different models of subjection that are represented in Salman Rushdie’s account of the fictional city of Jahilia. I provide a brief description of the set of theoretical ideas I intend to use for subsequent analysis and then provide a series of examples from the text that corroborate such a reading. I hope to illustrate through the token of a few textual examples that refer to the political structure of Jahilia (Rushdie’s fictionalised version of the city of Mecca in The Satanic Verses), that no explicit code of behaviour, no matter how comprehensive and embracing, can successfully regulate all areas of human behaviour.