Peripheral modernism and realism in British-Pakistani fiction

Authored by: Asher Ghaffar

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 essay compares Hanif Kureishi’s and Zulfikar Ghose’s novels of self-formation by focusing on the politics of style to question the reading habits of world literature. When viewed through peripheral modernism, Ghose’s The Triple Mirror of the Self (1992) is a groundbreaking novel that suggests another way to think about peripheral literature. On the other hand, Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) is so widely discussed because it is identified with postcolonialism. His novels draw on Nietzschean concepts that reinforce racial charisma rather than radically re-envisioning the Bildungsroman’s historico-philosophical movement.

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