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Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

ISBN 9781032401805
Published August 29, 2022 by Routledge
416 Pages

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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 realise 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. It is also relevant to 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



Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam

PART I: Reimagining History: The Legacy of War and Partition

    1. 'All These Angularities': Spatialising non-Muslim Pakistani Identities
    2. Cara Cilano

    3. 1971: Reassessing a Forgotten National Narrative
    4. Muneeza Shamsie

    5. History, Borders, and Identity: Dealing with Silenced Memories of 1971
    6. Daniela Vitolo

      PART II: 9/11 and Beyond: Contexts, Forms, and Perspectives

    7. Global Pakistan in the Wake of 9/11
    8. Ulka Anjaria

    9. Pakistani Inoutsiders and the Dynamics of Post-9/11 Dissociation in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction
    10. Claudia Nördinger

    11. The Nuclear Novel in Pakistan
    12. Michaela M. Henry

    13. 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
    14. Ambreen Hai

    15. Comic Affiliations/Comic Subversions: The Use of Humour in Contemporary British-Pakistani Fiction.
    16. Sarah Ilott

    17. Resistance and Redefinition: Theatre of the Pakistani Diaspora in the UK and the US
    18. Suhaan Mehta

    19. Historiographic Metafiction and Renarrating History
    20. Nisreen Yousef

      PART III: The Dialectics of Human Rights: Politics, Positionality, Controversies

    21. Pakistani Fiction and Human Rights
    22. Esra Mirze Santesso

    23. Divergent Discourses: Human Rights and Contemporary Pakistani Anglophone Literature.
    24. Shazia Sadaf

    25. The Taming of the Tribal within Pakistani Narratives of Progress, Conflict, and Romance
    26. Uzma Abid Ansari

    27. Phoenix Rising: The West’s Use (and misuse) of Anglophone Memoirs of Pakistani Women.
    28. Colleen Lutz Clemens

    29. Writing Back and/as Activism: Refiguring Victimhood and Remapping the Shooting of Malala Yousafzai
    30. Rachel Fox

      PART IV: Identities in Question: Shifting Perspectives on Gender

    31. Doing History Right: Challenging Masculinist Postcolonialism in Pakistani English Literature.
    32. Fawzia Afzal-Khan

    33. Love, Sex, and Desire vs Islam in British Muslim Literature
    34. Kavita Bhanot

    35. Transgressive Desire, Everyday Life, and the Production of 'Modernity' in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction
    36. Mosarrap Hossain Khan

      PART V: Spaces of Female Subjectivity: Identity, Difference, Agency

    37. Agency, Gender, Nationalism, and the Romantic Imaginary in Pakistan
    38. Abu-Bakar Ali

    39. Conjugal Homes: Marriage Culture in Contemporary Novels of the Pakistani Diaspora
    40. Rahul K. Gairola and Elham Fatma

    41. British-Pakistani Female Playwrights: Feminist Perspectives on Sexuality, Marriage, and Domestic Violence
    42. Aqeel Abdulla

      PART VI: Shifting Contexts: New Perspectives on Identity, Space, and Mobility

    43. Identifying Islamic Spaces of Worship in Contemporary British-Pakistani Life Writing
    44. Georgia Stabler

    45. Homes and Belonging(s): The Interconnectedness of Space, Movement, and Identity in British-Pakistani Novels
    46. Éva Pataki

    47. Committed and Communist: Negotiating Political Alegiances in the Diaspora
    48. Miquel Pomar-Amer

      PART VII: Unsettling Narratives: Imagining Post-Postcolonial Perspectives

    49. Non-Human Narrative Agency: Textual Sedimentation in Pakistani Anglophone Literature
    50. Asma Mansoor

    51. Post-Postcolonial Experiments with Perspectives
    52. Hanji Lee

    53. Peripheral Modernism and Realism in British-Pakistani Fiction
    54. Asher Ghaffar

      PART VIII: New Horizons: Towards a Pakistani Idiom

    55. ‘Brand Pakistan’: Global Imaginings and National Concerns in Pakistani Anglophone Literature
    56. Barirah Nazir, Nicholas Holm, and Kim L. Worthington

    57. Competing Habitus: National Expectations, Metropolitan Market, and Pakistani Writing in English (PWE)
    58. Masood Ashraf Raja

    59. De/Reconstructing Identities: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Pakistani Fiction
    60. Faisal Nazir

    61. On the Wings of 'Poesy': Pakistani Diaspora Poets and the 'Pakistani Idiom'
    62. Waseem Anwar

    63. Brand Pakistan: The Case for a Pakistani Anglophone Literary Canon

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Aroosa Kanwal is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the International Islamic University, Pakistan. She is an author of Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction: Beyond 9/11 (2015), which was awarded the KLF-Coca-Cola award for the best non-fiction book of the year in 2015.

Saiyma Aslam is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the International Islamic University, Pakistan. She is a researcher in postcolonial studies and English literature, with a focus on travelling theory, mobility, globalisation, and Islamic feminism. She is the author of From Stasis to Mobility: Arab Muslim Feminists and Travelling Theory (2017).


"The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing is a stupendous collection of essays, serving as a comprehensive preamble to historical, regional, local, and global issues ambient to cross-cultural relations, which are imperative to the reading of Pakistani anglophone literature."
- Muhammad Imran & Jonathan Locke Hart, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China