Non-human narrative agency

Textual sedimentation in Pakistani anglophone literature

Authored by: Asma Mansoor

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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This chapter theorises post-postcolonial Pakistani subjectivities through Pakistani anglophone literature. It foregrounds selected texts’ engagement with the country’s material semiotic environment wherein material phenomena co-author human narratives across an extensive temporal framework. It argues that Pakistanis and their material environment dialogically interact as storied bodies within the fiction of Uzma Aslam Khan and Kamila Shamsie as well as the poetry of Ilona Yusuf, Rizwan Akhtar, and Harris Khalique. In doing so, it presents the country’s materiality as a fluid space that recasts selfhood outside binaristic postcolonial theories in terms of their engagement with an open-ended enunciative environment.

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