Paracolonialism: a case of post-1988 Anglophone Pakistani fiction

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/576353
Title:
Paracolonialism: a case of post-1988 Anglophone Pakistani fiction
Authors:
Saleem, Ali Usman
Abstract:
Embedded in the socio-political milieu of the country Anglophone Pakistani fiction provides a critical perspective on some of the important contemporary issues facing the country like feminism, class struggle, misuse of religious discourse, sectarianism, terrorism and the fragmentation of the Pakistani society. By contextualizing the works of four Pakistani fiction writers, Sara Suleri, Kamila Shamsie, Mohsin Hamid and Mohammed Hanif, in the theoretical paradigms of modernism, postmodernism and postcolonialism, this research identifies salient facets and characteristics of Pakistani Anglophone fiction produced during the last three decades. This thesis argues that Pakistani Anglophone fiction is Janus-faced in nature. On the one hand it specifically deconstructs various indigenous issues which are destabilizing Pakistani society and politics, while on the other hand it challenges the discursive construction of Pakistan as a terrorist country through international discourse. By doing so, these writers not only adopt the role of political commentators and interveners but also create a counter-narrative to Western hegemonic discourse and represent a case for a liberal and democratic Pakistan. Moreover the textual analysis of this fiction indicates a shift from traditional postcolonial literature. Instead of contextualizing their work in the colonial experience of the British Raj or its aftermath, these writers dissociate themselves from it and use this dissociation as a narrative strategy to hold the political and military leadership accountable for the socio-political chaos in Pakistan. The thesis argues that this characteristic of Anglophone Pakistani fiction indicates the emergence of a new phase, ‘Paracolonialism’ or ‘Paracolonial fiction’ which rejects the influence of colonialism on the socio-economic and political crisis of Third World countries and deconstructs various factors which led to their post-independence unstable economy and social fragmentation.
Citation:
Saleem, A.U. (2014) 'Paracolonialism: a case of post-1988 Anglophone Pakistani fiction'.PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/576353
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Sponsors:
GOVERNMENT COLLEGE UNIVERSITY FAISALABAD
Appears in Collections:
PhD e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorSaleem, Ali Usmanen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-03T09:29:19Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-03T09:29:19Zen
dc.date.issued2014-06en
dc.identifier.citationSaleem, A.U. (2014) 'Paracolonialism: a case of post-1988 Anglophone Pakistani fiction'.PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/576353en
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophyen
dc.description.abstractEmbedded in the socio-political milieu of the country Anglophone Pakistani fiction provides a critical perspective on some of the important contemporary issues facing the country like feminism, class struggle, misuse of religious discourse, sectarianism, terrorism and the fragmentation of the Pakistani society. By contextualizing the works of four Pakistani fiction writers, Sara Suleri, Kamila Shamsie, Mohsin Hamid and Mohammed Hanif, in the theoretical paradigms of modernism, postmodernism and postcolonialism, this research identifies salient facets and characteristics of Pakistani Anglophone fiction produced during the last three decades. This thesis argues that Pakistani Anglophone fiction is Janus-faced in nature. On the one hand it specifically deconstructs various indigenous issues which are destabilizing Pakistani society and politics, while on the other hand it challenges the discursive construction of Pakistan as a terrorist country through international discourse. By doing so, these writers not only adopt the role of political commentators and interveners but also create a counter-narrative to Western hegemonic discourse and represent a case for a liberal and democratic Pakistan. Moreover the textual analysis of this fiction indicates a shift from traditional postcolonial literature. Instead of contextualizing their work in the colonial experience of the British Raj or its aftermath, these writers dissociate themselves from it and use this dissociation as a narrative strategy to hold the political and military leadership accountable for the socio-political chaos in Pakistan. The thesis argues that this characteristic of Anglophone Pakistani fiction indicates the emergence of a new phase, ‘Paracolonialism’ or ‘Paracolonial fiction’ which rejects the influence of colonialism on the socio-economic and political crisis of Third World countries and deconstructs various factors which led to their post-independence unstable economy and social fragmentation.en
dc.description.sponsorshipGOVERNMENT COLLEGE UNIVERSITY FAISALABADen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectparacolonialismen
dc.subjectPakistani fictionen
dc.subjectAnglophoneen
dc.subjectfictionen
dc.subjectT320 South Asian Literature studiesen
dc.subjectPakistanen
dc.subjectliteratureen
dc.titleParacolonialism: a case of post-1988 Anglophone Pakistani fictionen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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