From post- to para-colonialism

(Trans)national and cultural intersections in post-1988 Pakistani anglophone fiction

Authored by: Ali Usman Saleem

Transcultural Humanities in South Asia

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367483715
eBook ISBN: 9781003039549
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Embedded in the sociopolitical milieu of the country, Anglophone Pakistani fiction provides a critical perspective on some of the important contemporary issues. By contextualising 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 chapter identifies salient facets and characteristics of their fiction produced during the last three decades. I argue that Anglophone Pakistani fiction indicates the emergence of a new phase, ‘para-colonialism’ or ‘para-colonial fiction,’ which deconstructs various factors with an indigenous gaze.

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