Dr. Wajiha Raza Rizvi, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, Film & Television, School of Media and Mass Communication has contributed a book chapter in Waseem Anwar, & Nosheen Yousaf (eds.) Transcultural humanities in South Asia: Critical essays on literature and culture by Routledge.
The abstract and the citation of the book and Dr. Wajiha’s specific piece follow:
Citation for the Specific Part: Wajiha Raza Rizvi. (2022). A Hindu in Pakistan (2011) and A mad man’s diary (2014): Distantiation, cultural transformation and redefinition of Pakistani minorities. In Waseem Anwar, & Nosheen Yousaf (eds.) Transcultural humanities in South Asia: Critical essays on literature and culture, pp. 354-65. NY: Routledge. ISBN: 9780367483715. DOI: 10.4324/9781003039549-34. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003039549-34/hindu-pakistan-2011-mad-man-diary-2014-wajiha-raza-rizvi.
ABSTRACT of the specific contribution
This chapter compares state nationalism and the identity crisis of Pakistani minorities in Sehrish Mushtaq’s A Hindu in Pakistan and Faiz-e-Rasool’s A Mad Man’s Diary. India’s Babri mosque incident and Pakistan’s Joseph Colony massacre are the background events used to examine normality and distrust of minorities within this context. Further, Jurgen Schaflechner’s hint at the Indian fear of the Pakistani Hindu refugees in There They Call Us Hindus. Here We Are Pakistanis deconstructs a legacy. The films emphasise transformation, pointing to cultural distantiation that denies redefinition of shared social conscience. They challenge the official discourse about minorities controlled by the state institutions, clergy, academia and the art and entertainment industries.
ABSTRACT of the book
This volume looks at the implications of transcultural humanities in South Asia, which is becoming a crucial area of research within literary and cultural studies. The volume also explores various complex critical dimensions of transculturation, its indeterminate periodisation, its temporal and spatial nonlinearity, its territoriality and intersectionality.
Drawing on contributors from around the globe, the entries look at literature and poetics, theory and praxis, borders and nations, politics, Partition, gender and sexuality, the environment, representations in art and pedagogy and the transcultural classroom. Using key examples and case studies, the contributors look at current developments in transcultural and transnational standpoints and their possible educational outcomes. A broad and comprehensive collection, as it also speaks about the value of the humanities and the significance of South Asian contexts, Transcultural Humanities in South Asia will be of particular interest to those working on postcolonial studies, literary studies, Asian studies and more.