Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights, Pleasure and the Local Cosmopolitan, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Kashmiri Life Narratives

Human Rights, Pleasure and the Local Cosmopolitan, 1st Edition

By Rakhshan Rizwan


272 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367428006
pub: 2020-05-21
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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.

Table of Contents

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


About the Author

Rakhshan Rizwan is a writer and scholar working at the intersection of creative and scholarly practice. She is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with Utrecht University in the Netherlands and has a PhD in Comparative Literature. She has been a guest researcher at the Tilburg Law School. Her research interests include human rights and literature, postcolonial novels, decolonial legal fictions and minority rights and representation. She is author of "Local Flows: The Pleasurecentric Turn in Human Rights Advocacy in South Asia" (Tilburg Law Review, 2017) and "Repudiating the fathers: Resistance and Writing Back in Mirza Waheed’s The Collaborator" (Kashmir Lit, 2013).Her poetry pamphlet, Paisley (2017) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Prize.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism