Brand Pakistan

The case for a Pakistani anglophone literary canon

Authored by: Aroosa Kanwal , Saiyma Aslam

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:

10.4324/9781315180618-33

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Abstract

Pakistani anglophone literature, with its evolving aesthetic and generic complexity, displays a rich kaleidoscope of works exemplifying the curatorial, normative, and extensive dialogic standards, is certainly on an epochal itinerary of canon formation. A literature that is in fact a product of multi-ethnic, multilingual, transnational, transcultural, and trans-local literary traditions of Pakistan, the subcontinent, and the Muslim world (and also in dialogue with anglophone literatures from around the world) is urgently in need of recognition as a distinct literary tradition to let all the discordant chords be heard and form a unique canonical symphony, aka Brand Pakistan.

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