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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by 'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America . . . '
So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream -- and a Western woman -- and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear . . .
Challenging, mysterious and thrillingly tense, Mohsin Hamid's masterly The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a vital read teeming with questions and ideas about some of the most pressing issues of today's globalised, fractured world.
Call Number: 813.6 HAM HAM
Publication Date: 2008
Never let me go by A story of love, friendship and memory.
Call Number: 823.92 ISH ISH
Publication Date: 2005
The Road by A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other.
Call Number: 813.54 MCC MCC
Publication Date: 2010
The Accidental by The Smart family's lacklustre holiday in Norwich is turned upside down when a beguiling stranger called Amber appears, bringing with her love, joy, pain and upheaval. The Smarts try to make sense of their bewildering emotions as Amber tramples over family boundaries and forces them to think about their world and themselves in an entirely new way. The Accidental is at once a mysterious web of secret identities and a ruthlessly honest look at the silent cracks that can develop unnoticed in relationships over time.
Call Number: 823.91 SMI
Publication Date: 2006
Written on the body by Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights: the accumulation of a lifetime gather there.
In places the palimpsest is so heavily worked that the letters feel like braille.
I like to keep my body rolled away from prying eyes, never unfold too much, tell the whole story.
I didn't know that Louise would have reading hands. She has translated me into her own book.
Call Number: 823.92 WIN WIN
Publication Date: 2014
Module journal articles
Munos, D. (2012) 'Possessed by whiteness: interracial affiliations and racial melancholia' in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Journal of Postcolonial Writing 48 (4) pp. 396-405
Ryle, M. (2009) 'Neo-Pastoral eco-didactics:Ali Smith's The Accidental', Green Letters: Studies in Eco Criticism 10, pp.8-18
Hartnell, A. (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
Horton, E. (2012) "Everything you ever dreamed": Post-9/11 trauma and fantasy in Ali Smith's The Accidental' MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 58 (3), pp. 637-654
Mahmutovic, A. (2016) ‘Global citizenship in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, Transnational Literature 8 (2) pp. 1-15.
Gay, D. (2011) 'Confronting the myths of difference: fundamentalism, religion and globalization' in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Religious Studies and Theology 30 (1) pp. 57-70
The Margin Without Centre by The title of this volume illustrates the significance of margins and the instability of demarcation in the fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro. The author approaches Ishiguro's writings as a corpus rather than separate units, examining the novels to illuminate their generic, theoretical or stylistic affiliations. The chapters attend to seemingly peripheral elements - trivial details, incoherent conversations, hackneyed notions, minor characters and everyday occurrences - in order to expose what is deliberately obscured or contained within the explicit narrative. The poststructuralist approach and the structuralist objective of this study may appear incongruous, but the seemingly incompatible pairing in fact articulates a number of paradoxes that Ishiguro's novels manifest: the alterity of the international, the disclosure of the concealed, the innovation of the banal, the significance of the trivial, the presence of the absent and the accord of the cacophonous.
Call Number: 823.914 CHE
Publication Date: 2010
Cormac Mccarthy and the Writing of American Spaces by In Cormac McCarthy and the Writing of American Spaces Andrew Estes examines ideas about the land as they emerge in the later fiction of this important contemporary author. McCarthy's texts are shown to be part of larger narratives about American environments. Against the backdrop of the emerging discipline of environmental criticism, Estes investigates the way space has been constructed in U.S. American writing. Cormac McCarthy is found to be heir to diametrically opposed concepts of space: as something Americans embraced as either overwhelmingly positive and reinvigorating or as rather negative and threatening. McCarthy's texts both replicate this binary thinking about American environments and challenge readers to reconceive traditional ways of seeing space. Breaking new ground as to how literary landscapes and spaces are critically assessed this study seeks to examine the many detailed descriptions of the physical world in McCarthy on their own terms. Adding to so-called 'second wave' environmental criticism, it reaches beyond an earlier, limited understanding of the environment as 'nature' to consider both natural landscapes and built environments. Chapter one discusses the field of environmental criticism in reference to McCarthy while chapter two offers a brief narrative of conceptions of space in the U.S. Chapter three highlights trends in McCarthy criticism. Chapters four through eight provide close readings of McCarthy's later novels, from Blood Meridian to The Road.
Call Number: 813.54 EST + eBook
Publication Date: 2013
Ali Smith by In such novels as Hotel World and the Whitbread Prize winning The Accidental, Ali Smith has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. Covering her complete oeuvre, from the short stories to her most recent novel There but for the, this is the first comprehensive critical guide to Smith's work. Bringing together leading scholars, Ali Smith- Contemporary Critical Perspectives covers such topics as-
Language, truth and reality
Spectral presences and the uncanny
Gender and sexuality
Smith's place in the contemporary canon Including a new interview with the author, a chronology of her life and authoritative guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best of contemporary fiction
Call Number: 823.91 SMI GER
Publication Date: 2013
The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel by The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel investigates the role of genre in the contemporary novel: taking its departure from the observation that numerous contemporary novelists make use of popular genre influences in what are still widely considered to be literary novels, it sketches the uses, the work, and the value of genre. It suggests the value of a critical look at texts genre use for an analysis of the contemporary moment. From this, it develops a broader perspective, suggesting the value of genre criticism and taking into view traditional genres such as the bildungsroman and the metafictional novel as well as the kinds of amalgamated forms which have recently come to prominence. In essays discussing a wide range of authors from Steven Hall to Bret Easton Ellis to Colson Whitehead, the contributors to the volume develop their own readings of genre s work and valence in the contemporary novel."
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2015
Cormac Mccarthy by Critics have been quick to address Cormac McCarthy's indebtedness to southern literature, Christianity, and existential thought, but the essays in this collection are among the first to tackle such issues as gender and race in McCarthy's work.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2014