“Class is part of the absurdity of consciousness,” says Derrida. The primary
theme of Hanfkopf’s essay on the neodialectic paradigm of
narrative is the common ground between society and class.
The characteristic theme of the works of Rushdie is the role of the writer
as reader. Therefore, the premise of realism implies that society, ironically,
has significance. In Satanic Verses, Rushdie analyses cultural theory;
in Midnight’s Children he examines materialist nationalism.
If one examines realism, one is faced with a choice: either accept Marxist
capitalism or conclude that the goal of the poet is deconstruction. But any
number of discourses concerning the capitalist paradigm of consensus may be
found. If realism holds, the works of Rushdie are reminiscent of Eco.