272 pages | 11 B/W Illus.
Kashmiri Life Narratives takes as its central focus writings -- memoirs, non-fictional and fictional Bildungsromane -- published circa 2008 by Kashmiris/Indians living in the Valley of Kashmir, India or in the diaspora. It offers a new perspective on these works by analyzing them within the framework of human rights discourse and advocacy. Literature has been an important medium for promoting the rights of marginalized Kashmiri subjects within Indian-occupied Kashmir and that it has been successful in putting Kashmir back on the global map and in shifting discussion about Kashmir from the political board rooms to the international English-language book market. In discussing human rights advocacy through literature, this book also effects a radical change of perspective by highlighting positive rights (to enjoy certain things) rather than negative ones (to be spared certain things). Kashmiri life narratives deploy a language of pleasure rather than of physical pain to represent the state of having and losing rights.
Introduction: The Poet and the Cassette Player
Chapter 1 Mobilizing Pleasure through Genre: Curfewed Night and Our
Moon Has Bloodclots as Kashmiri Bildungsromane
Chapter 2 Literary Fiction as an Alternative to a Human Rights Report:
The Case of Mirza Waheed’s The Collaborator
Chapter 3 Imagining Local Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Human Rights in
Sudha Koul’s The Tiger Ladies
Chapter 4 Palatable Fictions: Negotiating Narratives of Consumption and
Subalternity in Jaspreet Singh’s Chef
Chapter Five Portable Pleasures and Papier Mache: Strategic exoticism in
Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves
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