Global Pakistan in the wake of 9/11

Authored by: Ulka Anjaria

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:

10.4324/9781315180618-5

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Abstract

The events of 9/11 brought Pakistan once again to global attention, but largely through negative representations. I argue that Pakistani literature has been a key site of contesting these representations by offering a new understanding of Pakistan’s place in the global imaginary. This chapter shows how Mohsin Hamid, Mohammed Hanif, and Kamila Shamsie rethink Pakistan’s place in the world in their novels to offer new imaginaries that take into account global power inequalities, but also present alternative spatial formations. Together, these three authors offer new models for Pakistan’s globality outside of the dominant discourse of 9/11.

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