Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English by Muneeza ShamsieHybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English by Muneeza Shamsie

Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English

byMuneeza Shamsie

Hardcover | March 16, 2017

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Hybrid Tapestries provides an extensive historical map of Pakistani English literature: it traces the narrative to its multiple origins, including pre-colonial and colonial contacts, and moves across the twentieth century to extraordinary new talent. The book singles out thirteen innovativewriters for a detailed chapter on each, beginning with those who became Pakistanis after Partition (such as Shahid Suhrawardy and Ahmed Ali) but who had published major works prior to Independence. Due acknowledgement is also given to the two forgotten writers of that era: Atiya and Samuel FyzeeRahamin. Pioneering contemporary authors, from Zulfikar Ghose and Taufiq Rafat to Bapsi Sidhwa, Sara Suleri, and Hanif Kureishi are discussed in detail. The book encompasses poetry, fiction, drama, and life-writing. It includes and unites a wide range of English language writers in Pakistan with those living in the diaspora. Poets Alamgir Hashmi, Imtiaz Dharker, and Moniza Alvi; novelists Kamila Shamsie, Mohsin Hamid, and Uzma Aslam Khan; shortstory writers Aamer Hussein, Daniyal Mueenuddin, and Jamil Ahmed; playwrights Sayeed Ahmad, Rukhsana Ahmed, and Ayub Khan-Din are all discussed here. These are underpinned by an extensive discussion on essays, letter writing, and memoirs, including the letters of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Aly Faiz; essaysof Anwer Mooraj, Moni Mohsin, and Eqbal Ahmed; travelogues of Salman Rashid; and memoirs of Firoz Khan Noon, Tehmina Durrani, Kamran Nazeer, and others. The book also brings new perspectives and critical writings on the diverse socio-political reasons for the emergence of a Pakistani nationalliterature in English.
Writer and critic, Muneeza Shamsie (nee Habibullah), is a leading authority on Pakistani English literature. She is the managing editor of a work-in-progress, The Oxford Companion to Pakistani Literature. She has edited three pioneering anthologies of Pakistani English literature, including And the World Changed: Contemporary Stories b...
Title:Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in EnglishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:696 pages, 9.45 × 7.09 × 0.03 inPublished:March 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199403538

ISBN - 13:9780199403530


Table of Contents

PrefaceNote on ContributorIntroduction: Hybrid InfluencesPart I Pioneering Writers1.1: Atiya Fyzee Rahamin (1877-1967)1.2: Samuel Fyzee Rahamin (1880-1964)1.3: Shahid Suhrawardy (1890-1965)1.4: Ahmed Ali (1910-1994)1.5: Mumtaz Shahnawaz (1912-1948)1.6: Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah (1915-2000)1.7: Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah (1921-2000)1.8: Zulfikar Ghose1.9: Taufiq Rafat (1927-1998)1.10: Tariq Ali1.11: Bapsi Sidhwa1.12: Hanif Kureishi1.13: Sara SuleriPart II Developing Genrespoetry2.1: Between Isolation and InternationalismDebut Writers: 1973-19972.2: In the Diaspora and New Voices in PakistanDebut Writers: 1983-2011The Novel2.3: Early StrugglesDebut Writers: 1934-19872.4: Migration, Minorities, and Global PoliticsDebut Writers: 1983-20102.5: A New Generation Writes Geopolitics and GlobalismDebut Writers: 1998-20012.6: A Celebration of TalentDebut Writers: 2000-2011The Short Story2.7: Early Years: A Long StruggleDebut Writers: 1966-19922.8: The Nuances of LanguageDebut Writers: 1993-2011drama2.9: Creating a TraditionDebut Writers: 1962-2011Literary Non-fiction2.10: Letters, Columns, and MemoirsDebut Writers: 1955-2011Conclusion: How the Literary Canon Grew: 1947-2011New Work in the New Decade: 2011-2014BibliographyGlossaryIndex