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In StereotypeSouth Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary$
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Mrinalini Chakravorty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165969

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.001.0001

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Good and Bad Transnationalisms?

Good and Bad Transnationalisms?

Outsourcing and Terror

(p.187) 6 Good and Bad Transnationalisms?
In Stereotype

Mrinalini Chakravorty

Columbia University Press

This chapter studies Mohsin Hamid's novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, to examine how such a global narrative draws readers into a psychic identification with stereotypes about South Asia's place in the world. As a post-9/11 novel, the overt tension that the novel depicts could be classified as something between terror and work, contrasting the rage and revenge associated with terrorism with the hard work and conformity of good corporate workers. Moreover, the narrative's fictional stereotypes of terror and labor invoke a speculative, uncertain orientation in depicting the postcolonial. As such, the text compels readers to insert themselves into the object of study in order to interpret it.

Keywords:   Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, terror stereotypes, labor stereotypes, postcolonial

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