Homes and belonging(s): The interconnectedness of space, movement, and identity in British-Pakistani novels

Authored by: Éva Pataki

The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

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

Print ISBN: 9781138745520
eBook ISBN: 9781315180618
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315180618-24

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Abstract

The chapter reads three British-Pakistani novels – Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers (2004), Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), and Suhayl Saadi’s Psychoraag (2004) – investigating the ways in which the transformation and construction of identity and space interconnect with alternative ways of belonging. Focusing on the role which movement plays in the British-Pakistani protagonists’ sense of belonging (or the lack thereof), I map their spatial positions and routes, and contend that urban and suburban spaces may serve both as confining factors and as motors for movement, thereby becoming significant loci of rootlessness and belongingness.

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