The thesis investigates the conjunction of postcolonial and feminist elements in Salman Rushdie s Shame. It explores how narration, language and the logic of the novel in combination with the female characters constitute an overall postcolonial counter-discourse. Specifically, it discusses the female characters role in establishing a postcolonial resistance. It disagrees with a general scepticism of the author s representation of female characters within Rushdie criticism, and aims to show that characterisation and the thematic components of the female characters are of essence to a postcolonial counter-discourse. The thesis draws on general postcolonial theory alongside narrative theory and particularly James Phelan s theory on character.