South Asian Studies, Vol 32, No 2 (2017)

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Neoliberal Epistemology in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction

Zakia Shazeb, Shahzeb Khan


The paper is an attempt to offer textual readings of two works by Pakistani writers: Mohsin Hamid‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Musharaf Ali Farooqi‘s Between Clay and Dust. It offers readings of these texts from the perspective of neoliberalism, especially with an accent on epistemological factors. It explains how as a zeitgeist of our times, neoliberalism controls, dominates and trespasses personal domains, favours the moneyed class and necessitates an epistemology that governs relationships within a human society, whether it is the first world i.e. the US or a South Asian city. Educational and cultural institutions, whether in the US or in Pakistan, the paper argues, are meaningful, according to the neoliberal epistemology, as long as they have their monetary or exchange value. 

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