Redefining the Notion of National Belonging: A New Approach to the Identity Problem in Pakistani English Fiction


  •  Mahira Hajiyeva    

Abstract

Pakistani English Literature, with its multicultural character, gives us a unique chance to explore notion of national belonging which is often underlying cause of conflicts stemming from intolerance and ideology based on stereotyped images. As literature provides a chance to live various kinds of experience unlimited in space and time, a reader becomes a part of the narration and is given an opportunity to form his/her own concept of cultural belonging and national identity. The purpose of the paper is to research Pakistani English Literature from these perspectives and display the ways Pakistani writers use to achieve to discuss the above mentioned ideas and provide the reader with a unique opportunity to foresee the future of any society that fails to approach the canonical fixed notion of borderline between cultural and national identities. By this way, they prove the ideological power of literature as a part of cultural process which may serve to create liberal or on the contrary, conservative outlook.



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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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