1st Edition

Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

Edited By Aroosa Kanwal, Saiyma Aslam Copyright 2019
    416 Pages
    by Routledge

    416 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam



    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