Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Seminar Series: Maryam Wasif Khan on "The Populism of Piety: Conversion, Agency, and Exclusion in the Contemporary Urdu Novel"

Thu, November 1, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Seminar Series: Maryam Wasif Khan on

Maryam Wasif Khan, Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences on "The Populism of Piety: Conversion, Agency, and Exclusion in the Contemporary Urdu Novel" as part of the Fall South Asia Seminar Series

Literary and cultural histories of Urdu have largely ignored writers who failed to conform with Western teleologies of literary development and canon-making. This absence becomes apparent in the exclusive histories of Urdu's twentieth century, and is even more pronounced in the twenty first. This talk examines the remarkable, unprecedented success that popular women writers such as Umera Ahmad, Farhat Ishtiaq and Bushra Rehman enjoy in present-day Pakistan. These writers mark the coming-of-age of a literary populism in Urdu that is defined by its anti-elite attitude towards a seemingly corrupt, "Westernized" establishment, its violent rejection of minorities and non-Sunni sects of Islam in Pakistan, and above all, its claim to a moral authority that is derived from the Salafi notion of pure Islam. 

The seminar series theme is "PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP: form and genre in South Asian cultural production," convened by Mary Rader, UT Libraries' South Asia Librarian. A light reception will precede the event at 3pm.

This talk is FREE! and open to the public.

 

 

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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