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Rethinking Identities In Contemporary Pakistani Fiction

Author : A. Kanwal
ISBN : 9781137478443
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book focuses on the way that notions of home and identity have changed for Muslims as a result of international 'war on terror' rhetoric. It uniquely links the post-9/11 stereotyping of Muslims and Islam in the West to the roots of current jihadism and the resurgence of ethnocentrism within the subcontinent and beyond.
Category: Literary Criticism

Routledge Companion To Pakistani Anglophone Writing

Author : Aroosa Kanwal
ISBN : 9781351719858
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing forms a theoretical, comprehensive, and critically astute overview of the history and future of Pakistani literature in English. Dealing with key issues for global society today, from terrorism, religious extremism, fundamentalism, corruption, and intolerance, to matters of love, hate, loss, belongingness, and identity conflicts, this Companion brings together over thirty essays by leading and emerging scholars, and presents: the transformations and continuities in Pakistani anglophone writing since its inauguration in 1947 to today; contestations and controversies that have not only informed creative writing but also subverted certain stereotypes in favour of a dynamic representation of Pakistani Muslim experiences; a case for a Pakistani canon through a critical perspective on how different writers and their works have, at different times, both consciously and unconsciously, helped to realise and extend a uniquely Pakistani idiom. Providing a comprehensive yet manageable introduction to cross-cultural relations and to historical, regional, local, and global contexts that are essential to reading Pakistani anglophone literature, The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing is key reading for researchers and academics in Pakistani anglophone literature, history, and culture. It is also relevant to other disciplines such as terror studies, post-9/11 literature, gender studies, postcolonial studies, feminist studies, human rights, diaspora studies, space and mobility studies, religion, and contemporary South Asian literatures and cultures.
Category: Literary Criticism

Writing Pakistan Conversations With Pakistani English Novelists

Author : Mushtaq Bilal
ISBN : 9789352640140
Genre : Literary Collections
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What does it mean to be an English-language fiction writer in a country that is perpetually on the brink of disaster? In this first-ever collection of interviews with Pakistani novelists writing in English, Mushtaq Bilal explores how fictions are informed by the authors' cultural identities. Is it possible, for instance, to write about Pakistan without self-censoring? How do writers contest and challenge Western stereotypes of the country? Do they even consciously do that? And what about challenging Pakistani stereotypes of the West? Providing fresh insights into some of the most important and politically engaged contemporary fiction to come out of the subcontinent, Writing Pakistan is essential reading for anyone interested in the art of storytelling, in books and in Pakistan itself - because to understand a nation, one needs to talk to those who are writing it.
Category: Literary Collections

Place And Postcolonial Ecofeminism

Author : Shazia Rahman
ISBN : 9781496216137
Genre : Literary Criticism
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While news reports about Pakistan tend to cover Taliban attacks and bombings, and academics focus on security issues, the environment often takes a backseat in media reportage and scholarship. In particular, Pakistani women’s attachment to their environment and their environmental concerns are almost always ignored. Shazia Rahman traces the ways in which Pakistani women explore alternative, environmental modes of belonging, examines the vitality of place-based identities within Pakistani culture, and thereby contributes to evolving understandings of Pakistani women—in relation to both their environment and to various discourses of nation and patriarchy. Through an astute analysis of such works as Sabiha Sumar’s Khamosh Pani (2003), Mehreen Jabbar’s Ramchand Pakistani (2008), Sorayya Khan’s Noor (2006), Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing (2003), and Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows (2009), Rahman illuminates how Pakistani women’s creative works portray how people live with one another, deal with their environment, and intuit their relationship with the spiritual. She considers how literary and cinematic documentation of place-based identities simultaneously critiques and counters stereotypes of Pakistan as a country of religious nationalism and oppressive patriarchy. Rahman’s analysis discloses fresh perspectives for thinking about the relationship between social and environmental justice.
Category: Literary Criticism

Partition And The Practice Of Memory

Author : Churnjeet Mahn
ISBN : 9783319645162
Genre : History
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This edited collection attends to the locations of memory along and about the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders and the complex ways in which such memories are both allowed for and erased in the present. The collection is situated at the intersection of narratives connected to memory and commemoration in order to ask how memories have been formed and perpetuated across the imposition of these borders. It explores how national boundaries both silence memories and can be subverted in important ways, through consideration of physical sites and cultural practices on both sides of the India-Pakistan-Bangladesh borders that gesture towards that which has been lost – that is, the cultural whole that was the cultural regions of Punjab and Bengal before Partition, as well as broader cultural "wholes" across South Asia, across religious and linguistic lines – alongside forces that deny such connections. The chapters address issues of heritage and memory through specific case-studies on present-day memorial, museological and commemoration practices, through which sometimes competing memorial landscapes have been constructed, and show how memories of past traumas and histories become inscribed into diverse forms of cultural heritage (the built landscape, literature, film).
Category: History

Rethinking Indian English Literature

Author : U. M. Nanavati
ISBN : UOM:39015057609599
Genre : Indic literature (English)
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This Volume Of Essays Examines Some Of The Important Issues In Indian English Literature Emerging Both From Its Search For A New Sense Of Identity And Its Affiliation To A Global Perspective In The Wake Of Post Colonialism. The Essays Comprising This Volume Address Topics Such As Nation And Nationalism, Hybridization And Assimilation, Problems Of Exile And Migration, The Question Of Location And Boundaries And The Place Of Indian English Literature In The Changing Canon Of English Studies. By Focusing On The Shifting Paradigms Of Indian English Literature As A Part Of The Subtle Transformation Of The Global Configurations Of English, The Volume Attempts To Place The Genre Of This Writing Within A Broad Range Of Issues Stemming From The Peculiar And Problematic Role Of English As A Creative Medium Deployed In Various Ways In The Countries Which Were Once A Part Of The British Empire. For Illustrative Diagnostic Purposes Some Important Writers Like Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Attia Hosain, Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy Are Included In This Volume. But The Overall Focus Of This Volume Is Not On The Individual Writers Or Texts And Their Close Readings, But On Conceptual And Ideological Formations Of The Genre Of Indian English Literature And The Way It Has Entered The Canon Of English Studies In India Both In Its Contestatory And Collaborative Modes.
Category: Indic literature (English)

Different Rainbows

Author : Peter Drucker
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110440158
Genre : Social Science
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A pioneering collection of essays which give a sample of some of the most interesting work being done on the lesbian and gay movements in various third world countries including Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, India and China. The eleven essays are edited by Peter Drucker, a well-respected academic in the field of gay and lesbian studies. Contributors include Dennis Altman, Margaret Randall and Mark Gevisser.
Category: Social Science

Post 9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction

Author : P. Liao
ISBN : 9781137297372
Genre : Literary Criticism
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While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by "post" -9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of four "post" -9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions.
Category: Literary Criticism

Hoops Of Fire

Author : Aamer Hussein
ISBN : 0863560393
Genre : Literary Collections
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A collection of stories by Pakistani women writers, including: Jamila Hashmi; Mumtaz Shirin; Khadija Mastur; Khalida Husain; and Fahmida Riaz. The stories mirror the events of Pakistan's history, taking in nationalism and independence, wars with India and the creation of Bangladesh.
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Author : Aamer Hussein
ISBN : 0863565778
Genre : Fiction
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A naive peasant is left with a white man's baby; a middle-class housewife sees visions of salvation in the tricks of circus animals . . . In this collection of stories by Pakistan's finest women writers - including Jamila Hashmi
Category: Fiction