The Pakistani English Novel: The Burden of Representation and the Horizon of Expectations

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Masood Ashraf Raja


Using a theoretical understanding of the role of the narratee and the horizon of expectations, this essay suggests a nuanced mode of reading the Pakistani Writing in English. The hope is that both Pakistani readers and authors will become aware of the possible ramifications of authorial intention and reader reception of the texts of the global periphery.

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Refereed Articles (Humanities)
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Masood Ashraf Raja, University of North Texas

        Author of Constructing Pakistan (Oxford UP), Masood Ashraf Raja is an Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory at University of North Texas and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. His critical essays have been published in journals including South Asian Review, Digest of Middle East Studies, Caribbean Studies, Prose Studies, and Mosaic. He is currently working on his second book, entitled Secular Fundamentalism: Poetics of Incitement and the Muslim Sacred.