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National Imagination And Diasporic Identities In 'Pakistani Anglophone 9/11 Fiction' [Hardback-2020]
Aamer Shaheen
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Category:Literary CriticismLiterary CriticismLiterary Criticism-Cri
Publisher: Aamer Shaheen | ISBN: 9789695815939 | Pages: 215

The book investigates the fictive representations of the Pakistani citizens, the Pakistani expatriates and the Pakistani-Americans in the background of their socio-political contexts after the event of 9/11. The study argues that the Anglophone writers of Pakistani origin responded with equal empathy, parallel to the fictive responses of white American and European writers, to this catastrophic event. And by putting the experiences of the Pakistani citizens, the Pakistani expatriates and the Pakistani-Americans in the spotlight, the writers of Pakistani origin have successfully set to highlight their feelings, emotions and reflections to give a Pakistani perspective to the changing milieu of post-9/11 world. Utilizing the concepts of nation as ‘Imagined Community’ and ‘Diasporic Identity’, the ten novels that are selected for a close reading are: Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden (2013); Fatima Bhutto’s The Shadow of the Crescent Moon (2013); Bilal Tanweer’s The Scatter Here is Too Great (2013); Bina Shah’s A Season for Martyrs (2014); Omar Shahid Hamid’s The Spinner’s Tale (2015); Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007); H. M. Naqvi’s Home Boy (2009); Shaila Abdullah’s Saffron Dreams (2009); Nafisa Haji’s The Sweetness of Tears (2011); and Jabeen Akhtar’s Welcome to Americastan (2011). The book engages with the first five novels in the light of the theoretic perspectives on national imagination whereas the later five novels are informed with the theoretic notions of diaspora and identity. Highlighting the role of Pakistani Anglophone novelists in engaging with and depicting the post-9/11 world the book showcases the socio-political conditions and reflections of the Pakistani citizen, the Pakistani expatriate, and the Pakistani-American fictive characters within the settings of Pakistan and the United States of America. The book categorizes the chosen set of Pakistani English novels as 9/11 novels and recommends them for qualification to an ever increasing international canon of ‘9/11 Fiction’. Thus granting these novels a special space by dubbing them as ‘Pakistani Anglophone 9/11 Fiction’, the book serves as a pilot project for the future researchers to watch closely the addition of new Pakistani English novels to this evolving variety of ‘Pakistani Anglophone 9/11 Fiction’ within the international canon of the genre of ‘9/11 Fiction’.

About the Author

Aamer Shaheen has a PhD in English Literature and has taught English Literature for almost two decades by now. Currently he is working as Assistant Professor of English Literature in the Department of English Literature at Government College University, Faisalabad. He has published a dozen of academic research papers in various national and international research journals. He spends his time reading voraciously fictions in englishes and lives between Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, and Faisalabad. This is his first book.

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