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Ambivalent Alterities: Pakistani Post-9/11 Fiction in English

  • Daniel O’Gorman

Abstract

This book has so far begun tracing an arc from Judith Butler’s US-centric frames of war to a more fluid transnationalism at play in US fiction of the post-2003 invasion of Iraq. In this chapter, I continue the ‘unan-choring’ of the 9/11 novel from the United States by analysing three novels by authors from outside America: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2007), The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam (2008) and Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (2009). These novels, as I will show, are not only global, but consciously globalised: working within — while at the same time challenging — a lucrative global market for Anglophone fiction by South Asian authors, they ‘vacillate’ in their attitudes towards global media frames.1

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National Identity Suicide Bomber Pakistani Woman Muslim Identity Islamist Fundamentalism 
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