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Khabees Orat: A reflection on bi-cultural humour

By |2019-04-12T14:26:30+01:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Genre, North India, Popular and Pulp Fiction, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The character “Khabees Orat. portrays the opposite of what an average Pakistani woman is expected to be, in return becoming the representation of the inner voice of a large majority of local women. ” Where “orat” can literally be translated into “woman”, “Khabees” is a combination of “notorious,” “wicked, “dishonorable,” “devilish” and “corrupt” qualities.

A Case of Exploding Markets: Latin American and South Asian Literary “Booms” in a Comparative Perspective

By |2017-06-01T17:16:34+01:00June 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Self-conscious allusions to mid-century Latin American literature abound in late-century South Asian Anglophone texts, and yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to the common geopolitical and market forces that connected these literatures and brought brought them to international prominence. This paper theorises the recent popularity of South Asian Anglophone literature in light of the Latin American “boom” of the 1960s.

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Entangled Histories: Qurratulain Hyder’s Fireflies in the Mist

By |2019-04-12T14:40:07+01:00February 21st, 2017|Categories: Literary Criticism, North India, Reading, Translations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When does a book become part of world literature? When it is translated into a major language, published by a metropolitan publisher and endorsed by renowned writers? So why has Qurratulain Hyder’s novel failed to register?