Austen in Pakistan: Colonial Glorification and Imperialist Assertion in Austenistan

Qurat Ul Ain Amna Saeed
2021 Zenodo  
The common perception associated with rewritings of English literature is its aspiration to repudiate the colonial disparagements and criticisms to honour the dishonoured and objectified indigenous cultures to attain the pre-colonized cultural purification. However, when these rewritings examine through a critical lens, exhibit a damaging process of self-othering or re-Orientalizing. Therefore, the present study is centered upon Lisa Lau and Ana Cristina Mendes's Re-Orientalism and South Asian
more » ... dentity Politics: The Oriental Other Within(2014)re-orientalist to analyze the anthology Austenistan(2018) to unveil the re-orientalist elements contributing to the essentialist representation of Pakistan (Orients) and hence, serving imperialist agenda under the guise of South-Asian literature. A qualitative analysis of the text has been done. The result reveals that the writers through the presentation of their country as backward, corrupt, gender stereotypes, partial truths and exoticism they have self-othered themselves.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5744973 fatcat:z7inwa5prrauriszfcvgxpoj7u