The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing forms a theoretical, comprehensive and critically astute overview of the history and future of Pakistani Literature in English. Dealing with key issues for global society today, from terrorism, religious extremism, fundamentalism, corruption and intolerance to matters of love, hate, loss, belongingness and identity conflicts, this Companion brings together over thirty essays by leading and emerging scholars, and presents: the transformations and continuities in Pakistani Anglophone writing since its inauguration in 1947 to today; contestations and controversies that have not only informed creative writing but also subverted certain stereotypes in favour of a dynamic representation of Pakistani Muslim experiences; a case for a Pakistani canon through a critical perspective on how different writers and their works have, at different times, both consciously and unconsciously, helped to realize and extend a uniquely Pakistani idiom. Providing a comprehensive yet manageable introduction to cross-cultural relations and to historical, regional, local and global contexts that are essential to reading Pakistani Anglophone literature, The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing is key reading for researchers and academics in Pakistani Anglophone literature, history and culture, as well as other disciplines such as terror studies, post-9/11 literature, gender studies, postcolonial studies, feminist studies, human rights, diaspora studies, space and mobility studies, religion and contemporary South Asian literatures and cultures.
Table of contents:
Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam PART I: Reimagining History: The Legacy of War and Partition ` All These Angularities : Spatialising non-Muslim Pakistani Identities' Cara Cilano 1971: Reassessing a Forgotten National Narrative Muneeza Shamsie History, Borders and Identity: Dealing with Silenced Memories of 1971 Daniela Vitolo PART II: 9/11 and Beyond: Contexts, Forms and Perspectives Global Pakistan in the Wake of 9/11 Ulka Anjaria US-American Inoutside Perspectives and the Dynamics of Post-9/11 Dissociation in Pakistani Fiction Claudia Nordinger The Nuclear Novel in Pakistan Michaela M. Henry Uses of Humour in Post-9/11 Pakistani Anglophone Fiction: H.M Naqvi's Home Boy and Mohammed Hanif's A Case of Exploding Mangoes Ambreen Hai Comic Affiliations/Comic Subversions: The Use of Humour in Contemporary British Pakistani Fiction. Sarah Ilott Resistance and Redefinition: Theatre of the Pakistani Diaspora in the UK and the US Suhaan Mehta Historiographic Metafiction and Renarrating History Nisreen Yousef PART III: The Dialectics of Human Rights: Politics, Positionality, Controversies Pakistani Fiction and Human Rights Esra Mirze Santesso Divergent Discourses: Human Rights, and Contemporary Pakistani Anglophone Literature. Shazia Sadaf The Taming of the Tribal within Pakistani Narratives of Progress, Conflict and Romance Uzma Abid Ansari Phoenix Rising: The West's Use (and misuse) of Anglophone Memoirs of Pakistani Women. Colleen Lutz Clemens Writing Back and/as Activism: Refiguring Victimhood and Remapping the Shooting of Malala Yousafzai Rachel Fox PART IV: Identities in Question: Shifting Perspectives on Gender Doing History Right: Challenging Masculinist Postcolonialism in Pakistani English Literature. Fawzia Afzal-Khan Love, Sex, and Desire v/s Islam in British Muslim Literature Kavita Bhanot Everyday Life and Wordly Subjectivity in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction Mosarrap Hossain Khan PART V: Spaces of Female Subjectivity: Identity, Difference, Agency Agency, Gender, Nationalism and the Romantic Imaginary in Pakistan Abu-Bakar Ali Conjugal Homes: Marriage Culture in Contemporary Novels of the Pakistani Diaspora Rahul K. Gairola and Elham Fatma British-Pakistani Female Playwrights: Feminist Perspectives on Sexuality, Marriage, and Domestic Violence Aqeel Abdulla PART VI: Shifting Contexts: New Perspectives on Identity, Space and Mobility Identifying Islamic Spaces of Worship in Contemporary British Pakistani Life Writing Gerogia Stabler Homes and Belonging(s): The Interconnectedness of Space, Movement and Identity in British Pakistani Novels Eva Pataki Committed and Communist: Negotiating Political Alegiances in the Diaspora Miquel Pomar-Amer PART VII: Unsettling Narratives: Imagining Post-postcolonial Perspectives Non-Human Narrative Agency: Textual Sedimentation in Pakistani Anglophone Literature Asma Mansoor Post-Postcolonial Experiments with Perspectives Hanji Lee Peripheral Modernism and Realism in British-Pakistani Fiction Asher Ghaffar PART VIII: New Horizons: Towards a Pakistani Idiom `Brand Pakistan': Global Imaginings and National Concerns in Pakistani Anglophone Literature Barirah Nazir, Nicholas Holm and Kim L. Worthington Competing Habitus: National Expectations, Metropolitan Market and Pakistani Writing in English (PWE) Masood Raja De/Re-constructing Identities: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Pakistani Fiction Faisal Nazir On the Wings of Poesy: Pakistani Diaspora Poets and the Pakistani Idiom Waseem Anwar Brand Pakistan: The Case of Pakistani Anglophone Literary Canon Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam Index
Aroosa Kanwal is Assistant Professor in English Literature at International Islamic University, Pakistan. She is an author of Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction: Beyond 9/11, which was awarded the KLF-Coca-Cola award for the best non-fiction book of the year 2015. Saiyma Aslam is Assistant Professor in English Literature at International Islamic University, Pakistan. She is a researcher in Postcolonial Studies and English literature, with a focus on travelling theory, mobility, globalization, and Islamic feminism.