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Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English

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Beschreibung

Looking at a wide selection of Pakistani novels in English, this book explores how literary texts imaginatively probe the past, convey the present, and project a future in terms that facilitate a sense of collective belonging. The novels discussed cover a range of historical movements and developments, including pre-20th century Islamic history, the 1947 partition, the 1971 Pakistani war, the Zia years, and post-9/11 Pakistan, as well as pervasive themes, including ethnonationalist tensions, the zamindari system, and conspiracy thinking. The book offers a range of representations of how and whether collective belonging takes shape, and illustrates how the Pakistani novel in English, often overshadowed by the proliferation of the Indian novel in English,complements Pakistani multi-lingual literary imaginaries by presenting alternatives to standard versions of history and by highlighting the issues English-language literary production bring to the fore in a broader Pakistani context. It goes on to look at the literary devices and themes used to portray idea, nation and state as a foundation for collective belonging. The book illustrates the distinct contributions the Pakistani novel in English makes to the larger fields of postcolonial and South Asian literary and cultural studies.

Autorentext

Cara Cilano is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA.



Klappentext

This critical study present an overview of a wide selection of Pakistani novels in English contextualized in salient historical moments or developments, including pre-20th century Islamic history, the 1947 partition, the 1971 Pakistani war, the Zia years, and post-9/11 Pakistan, as well as in pervasive themes, including ethnonationalist tensions, diaspora, and corruption. Paying close attention to dominant literary modes and styles, the study explores the major ways in which the Pakistani English-language novel engages with dominant historiographic tendencies

Cilano illustrates how the Pakistani novel in English, often overshadowed by the proliferation of the Indian novel in English, complements Pakistani multi-lingual literary imaginaries by presenting alternatives to standard versions of history and by highlighting English 's transnational potential. Such analyses illustrate the distinct contributions the Pakistani novel in English makes to the larger fields of postcolonial and South Asian literary and cultural studies.



Inhalt

1. Introduction 2. Idea to Nation 3. Islamic Nation? Islamic State? 4. Multicultural Nation | Privileged State 5. Failed State | Nation in Crisis

Produktinformationen

Titel: Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English
Untertitel: Idea, Nation, State
Autor:
EAN: 9780415682763
ISBN: 978-0-415-68276-3
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 266
Gewicht: 532g
Größe: H165mm x B241mm x T20mm
Jahr: 2013
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