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Between Glaciers and Fossils: Landscape, Literature and the Anthropocene in Pakistan
Published in UBM Exhibition Singapore PTE LTD
Volume: 42
Issue: 4
Pages: 324 - 340
Arguing for an expansion of the subject of ecocriticism beyond climate change fiction, this essay examines strategies of representation of vernacular landscapes in contemporary Anglophone South Asian literature from Pakistan and Bangladesh. It suggests that recent writing by Uzma Aslam Khan, Tahmima Anam and Kamila Shamsie recuperates Pakistani landscape from its imbrication within colonial and post 9/11 spatial discourses, enabling a zoecentric re-ordering of regional history, complicating ideas of authenticity, and engaging with deep history in ways that furnish individual affective investments in landscape instead of reiterating the difference-flattening tendency of species-thinking. Finally, it attempts to articulate the geological turn precipitated by the notion of the Anthropocene with frameworks of postcolonial ecocriticism to adapt them to specific contexts in South Asia. © 2021 South Asian Literary Association.
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