• Daniyal Mueenuddin’s Dying Men

    Author(s):
    Shazia Sadaf (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    CLCS Global Anglophone, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone, LLC South Asian and South Asian Diasporic, TC Postcolonial Studies, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    English literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    contemporary fiction, culture studies, english, postcolonial literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CC8C
    Abstract:
    Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is reflection of Pakistani masculinity in a metamorphosed state. A disturbingly masculine vocabulary frames the appearance and actions of the female characters. In contrast, the speech and thought of the male characters is minified in words of loss and regret. Their material ambitions and the resulting show of power, is put into sharp contrast against an increasing impotency within their personal lives. They are unfulfilled, aging or dying men. This collection of short stories has been commended for its candid illumination of a contemporary Pakistan. However, this paper aims to highlight the alternative theme that these stories contain by showing Pakistani masculinity caught in a paraxial state between colonial delineations of power, the subsequent rise of corruption in a postcolonial aftermath, and the resulting confusion about issues of identity. There has been a loss of masculinity during this process which is reflected through the metaphor of death. Rather than dejection about this state of demise, this metaphoric interpretation leads the reader towards hope of a positive rebirth.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1080/19472498.2014.936207
    Publisher:
    Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Journal:
    South Asian History and Culture
    Volume:
    5
    Issue:
    4
    Start Page:
    490
    End Page:
    504
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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