In love and war : the politics of romance in four 21st-century Pakistani novels
Author(s)Duce, Cristy Lee
KeywordsUzma, Aslam Khan -- Criticism and interpretation
Shamsie, Kamila, 1973- -- Criticism and interpretation
Hamid, Mohsin, 1971- -- Criticism and interpretation
Aslam, Nadeem -- Criticim and interpretation
Pakistani literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Politics and literature -- Pakistan
Postcolonialism in literature -- 21st century
Love stories, Pakistani -- History and criticism
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AbstractWriters of fiction have long since relied on love, romance, and desire to drive the plots of their work, yet some postcolonial authors use romance and interpersonal relationships to illustrate the larger political and social forces that affect their relatively marginalized experiences in a global context. To illustrate this literary strategy, I have chosen to discuss four novels written in the twenty-first century by Pakistani authors: Tbe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, Trespassing by Uzma Aslam Khan, The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam, and Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie. With the geographical origin of these writers as a common starting place from which to compare and contrast their perspectives on global politics, their understandings of gender, and their perceptions of how the public and the private constitute and intersect each other, I will use postcolonial theory to dissect the treatment of romance in their respective novels.
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