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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.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2010.482407

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): America, race, multiculturalism, postcolonial, Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 14:40
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4400

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