Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights, Pleasure and the Local Cosmopolitan

1st Edition

Rakhshan Rizwan

May 30, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367428006 - CAT# 334335
Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature


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Kashmiri Life Narratives takes as its central focus writings -- memoirs, non-fictional and fictional Bildungsromane -- published circa 2008 by Kashmiris/Indians living in the Valley of Kashmir, India or in the diaspora. It offers a new perspective on these works by analyzing them within the framework of human rights discourse and advocacy. Literature has been an important medium for promoting the rights of marginalized Kashmiri subjects within Indian-occupied Kashmir and that it has been successful in putting Kashmir back on the global map and in shifting discussion about Kashmir from the political board rooms to the international English-language book market. In discussing human rights advocacy through literature, this book also effects a radical change of perspective by highlighting positive rights (to enjoy certain things) rather than negative ones (to be spared certain things). Kashmiri life narratives deploy a language of pleasure rather than of physical pain to represent the state of having and losing rights.

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