Pakistani inoutsiders and the dynamics of post-9/11 dissociation in Pakistani anglophone fiction

Authored by: Claudia Nördinger

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:

10.4324/9781315180618-6

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Abstract

Observing Pakistani literature through the prism of globalised anglophone studies, this text examines how Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced construct US-American inoutside perspectives and deliver poignant commentary on Pakistani and Pakistani-American identity politics. The analysis considers both fictional texts as informed by the USA’s complicated relationship with Pakistan and situated within a transcultural continuum connecting the two countries. It demonstrates that both texts look at US-American society from within and without and engage with 9/11 as a significant moment for identity formation and an event that triggers processes of dissociation in the protagonists.

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