Comic affiliations/comic subversions

The use of humour in contemporary British-Pakistani fiction

Authored by: Sarah Ilott

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 explores the use of humour to create new affiliative networks and subvert power hierarchies in the work of British Muslim Pakistani-heritage author, Ayisha Malik. It argues that Malik’s appropriation of the chick lit genre to engage a Muslim protagonist enables a redeployment of the genre’s humour so that social norms that work to stereotype and to other Pakistanis and Muslims are acknowledged and subverted. Through the novel’s inclusive humour, which positions readers as insiders on the various jokes, Malik creates a British-Pakistani Muslim everywoman.

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