Generic frameworks and active readership in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/326280
Title:
Generic frameworks and active readership in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'
Authors:
Ilott, S. (Sarah)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. School of Arts and Media.
Citation:
Ilott, S. (2013) 'Generic frameworks and active readership in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Journal of Postcolonial Writing; 50 (5):571
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Issue Date:
Nov-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/326280
DOI:
10.1080/17449855.2013.852129
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449855.2013.852129
Abstract:
This article considers the role of the reader-as-judge in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. It builds upon and extends the idea of the cathartic function of authorship as a response to trauma by alternatively considering the activation and empowerment of the reader that is enabled by the dramatic monologue style of Hamid’s novella. Indications that the reader is called upon to make active decisions can be found in the second-person address that is directed beyond the pages. The layering of different genres also means that readers have to choose what they believe to be the most suitable generic framework for understanding the novella. Marking a new intervention into the study of this novella, the article argues that The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an example of a contemporary dramatic monologue that encourages a more active way of reading by calling for readers’ discernment and judgement, while resisting comfortable closure. The article considers how and why the novella functions as a dramatic monologue, before moving on to those matters that the reader is being called upon to judge, and the wider implications of this readerly positioning in relation to the politics of mourning.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
genre; dramatic monologue; 9/11; national allegory; reader; The Reluctant Fundementalist
ISSN:
1744-9855; 1744-9863
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) following 18 month embargo. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 19/09/2014]

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dc.contributor.authorIlott, S. (Sarah)en
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T16:23:57Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T16:23:57Z-
dc.date.issued2013-11-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Postcolonial Writing; 50 (5):571en
dc.identifier.issn1744-9855-
dc.identifier.issn1744-9863-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17449855.2013.852129-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/326280-
dc.description.abstractThis article considers the role of the reader-as-judge in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. It builds upon and extends the idea of the cathartic function of authorship as a response to trauma by alternatively considering the activation and empowerment of the reader that is enabled by the dramatic monologue style of Hamid’s novella. Indications that the reader is called upon to make active decisions can be found in the second-person address that is directed beyond the pages. The layering of different genres also means that readers have to choose what they believe to be the most suitable generic framework for understanding the novella. Marking a new intervention into the study of this novella, the article argues that The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an example of a contemporary dramatic monologue that encourages a more active way of reading by calling for readers’ discernment and judgement, while resisting comfortable closure. The article considers how and why the novella functions as a dramatic monologue, before moving on to those matters that the reader is being called upon to judge, and the wider implications of this readerly positioning in relation to the politics of mourning.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449855.2013.852129en
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) following 18 month embargo. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 19/09/2014]en
dc.subjectgenreen
dc.subjectdramatic monologueen
dc.subject9/11en
dc.subjectnational allegoryen
dc.subjectreaderen
dc.subjectThe Reluctant Fundementalisten
dc.titleGeneric frameworks and active readership in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. School of Arts and Media.en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Postcolonial Writingen
or.citation.harvardIlott, S. (2013) 'Generic frameworks and active readership in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Journal of Postcolonial Writing; 50 (5):571-
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