Resistance and redefinition

Theatre of the Pakistani diaspora in the UK and the US

Authored by: Suhaan Mehta

The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138745520
eBook ISBN: 9781315180618
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In this chapter I present an overview of Pakistani anglophone drama. While playwrights from the South Asian diaspora have generated scholarly interest, here I exclusively discuss the theatre of the Pakistani diaspora in North America and the UK. My argument is that characters in Pakistani-American and Pakistani-British plays resist community and societal constraints by remaking the self to creative or destructive ends. The reconfiguration of Muslim identities in this understudied body of work assumes particular importance in a post-9/11, post-7/7 world.

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