Moving through America: race, place and resistance in Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"
Hartnell, Anna (2010) Moving through America: race, place and resistance in Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46 (3-4), pp. 336-348. ISSN 1744-9855.
This article explores Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist in the context of debates about US multiculturalism after 9/11. It suggests that while Hamid's novel undoubtedly identifies and critiques the racism at the heart of the so‐called war on terror – expressed both in domestic and foreign arenas – his text also appears to be seduced by certain aspects of American exceptionalism. Though the novel in part paints US imperial power as heir to the European colonial legacy, I argue that The Reluctant Fundamentalist also invests in the possibility that America might represent the transcendence of racial differences.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||America, race, multiculturalism, postcolonial, Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities|
|Research Centre:||Contemporary Literature, Centre for|
|Date Deposited:||22 Nov 2011 14:40|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2016 15:37|
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