De/reconstructing identities

Critical approaches to contemporary Pakistani anglophone fiction

Authored by: Faisal Nazir

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 analyses and evaluates extended critical studies of contemporary Pakistani anglophone fiction published since 2011. It argues that critical studies of contemporary Pakistani anglophone fiction focus on the deconstruction of an exclusivist and hegemonic national identity in contemporary Pakistani anglophone fiction and a reconstruction of this identity in a more inclusive national and/or global, cosmopolitan frame. While the chapter acknowledges and highlights the significance of this approach, it also raises some essential questions regarding Pakistani anglophone literature and its critical reception. The chapter thus aims to generate theoretical reflection on the critical reception of contemporary Pakistani anglophone fiction.

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