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
- 'All These Angularities': Spatialising non-Muslim Pakistani Identities
- 1971: Reassessing a Forgotten National Narrative
- History, Borders, and Identity: Dealing with Silenced Memories of 1971
- Global Pakistan in the Wake of 9/11
- Pakistani Inoutsiders and the Dynamics of Post-9/11 Dissociation in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction
- The Nuclear Novel in Pakistan
- 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
- Comic Affiliations/Comic Subversions: The Use of Humour in Contemporary British-Pakistani Fiction.
- Resistance and Redefinition: Theatre of the Pakistani Diaspora in the UK and the US
- Historiographic Metafiction and Renarrating History
- Pakistani Fiction and Human Rights
- Divergent Discourses: Human Rights and Contemporary Pakistani Anglophone Literature.
- The Taming of the Tribal within Pakistani Narratives of Progress, Conflict, and Romance
- Phoenix Rising: The West’s Use (and misuse) of Anglophone Memoirs of Pakistani Women.
- Writing Back and/as Activism: Refiguring Victimhood and Remapping the Shooting of Malala Yousafzai
- Doing History Right: Challenging Masculinist Postcolonialism in Pakistani English Literature.
- Love, Sex, and Desire vs Islam in British Muslim Literature
- Transgressive Desire, Everyday Life, and the Production of 'Modernity' in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction
- Agency, Gender, Nationalism, and the Romantic Imaginary in Pakistan
- Conjugal Homes: Marriage Culture in Contemporary Novels of the Pakistani Diaspora
- British-Pakistani Female Playwrights: Feminist Perspectives on Sexuality, Marriage, and Domestic Violence
- Identifying Islamic Spaces of Worship in Contemporary British-Pakistani Life Writing
- Homes and Belonging(s): The Interconnectedness of Space, Movement, and Identity in British-Pakistani Novels
- Committed and Communist: Negotiating Political Alegiances in the Diaspora
- Non-Human Narrative Agency: Textual Sedimentation in Pakistani Anglophone Literature
- Post-Postcolonial Experiments with Perspectives
- Peripheral Modernism and Realism in British-Pakistani Fiction
- ‘Brand Pakistan’: Global Imaginings and National Concerns in Pakistani Anglophone Literature
- Competing Habitus: National Expectations, Metropolitan Market, and Pakistani Writing in English (PWE)
- De/Reconstructing Identities: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Pakistani Fiction
- On the Wings of 'Poesy': Pakistani Diaspora Poets and the 'Pakistani Idiom'
- Brand Pakistan: The Case for a Pakistani Anglophone Literary Canon
PART II: 9/11 and Beyond: Contexts, Forms, and Perspectives
Michaela M. Henry
PART III: The Dialectics of Human Rights: Politics, Positionality, Controversies
Esra Mirze Santesso
Uzma Abid Ansari
Colleen Lutz Clemens
PART IV: Identities in Question: Shifting Perspectives on Gender
Mosarrap Hossain Khan
PART V: Spaces of Female Subjectivity: Identity, Difference, Agency
Rahul K. Gairola and Elham Fatma
PART VI: Shifting Contexts: New Perspectives on Identity, Space, and Mobility
PART VII: Unsettling Narratives: Imagining Post-Postcolonial Perspectives
PART VIII: New Horizons: Towards a Pakistani Idiom
Barirah Nazir, Nicholas Holm, and Kim L. Worthington
Masood Ashraf Raja
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