US as Global Colonizer: Reflections from Post-postcolonial Pakistani Literature
This session will explore the rationale of Post-postcolonial revisionism introduced by the US as global colonizer from Post-postcolonial Pakistani Literature while focusing on the post 9/11 social misrepresentations. There are four aspects which highlight the theme of the session (US as Global Colonizer): 1) US hegemony in the form of Revisionism, through social misrepresentations and exploitation 2) The recursivity of nuclear power and American domination that alludes to the evolving “great game” in Afghanistan 3) Welfare of Imperialism: American influence on Paksitan’s internal policies and minority rights in Pakistan, and 4) The relationship between US (neocolonizer) and Pakistan (colonized) in the aftermath of 9/11.
The session will explore the journey of the transition from British colonization to American imperialism. The notion of US as global colonizer could be explained in light of Arundhati Roy’s indictment of the United States for introducing nuclear technology to the world, Umera Ahmed’s denunciation for exploiting the economic resources of third world countries leaving poverty, chaos and instability for the natives, humiliated sovereignity of the developing nations through drone attacks, in the rationale behind Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows to trace nuclear recursivity alongside American neoimperialism, the Americans’ obsession that they can transform the world and the way colonizers portray themselves as saviors, to gain the sympathies of the deprived communities of the colonized nations.
We may discuss the bolder steps taken by US for implementing its ideal New World Order to change the imperial regimes in the Middle East and to propose the possible change in geographic boundaries, too to make the local governments more submissive. The session also aims to deconstruct the understanding of the discourse of 9/11 by bridging the text and the image. This may be explored through connecting the literary and artistic responses by Pakistani/US artists and contemporary fiction writers.