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Muslim identity issues in literature and film
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Journal of Contemporary Literature (Allahabad, India)
Fiction narratives, films, documentaries and TV series dealing with Muslim issues have increased notably since the events of 9/11, most of them with reference to Islamist terrorism. Whether triggered by 9/11 attacks or not, Islamic characters in literature and film often embody the problematic role of the ‘Other’ and are usually forced into a stereotype designed from a Western biased perspective as an epitome of fundamentalism and hatred versus the civilization and modernity represented by white, wealthy westerners. Narratives like Hanif Kureishi’s My Son the Fanatic (1994) and its 1997 film version, Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2004) and its 2007 film version, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005) and its 2011 film version, John Updike’s Terrorist (2006), Kiran Nagarkar’s God Little Soldier (2006), Don DeLillo’s Falling Man (2007), Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2008) and its 2012 film version, Tabish Khair’s How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position (2012), or Mohammad Hanif’s Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (2012) are only some examples of a wider rich literary exploration.
The Journal of Contemporary Literature (Allahabad, India) seeks contributions for its next issue (December 2013) that will expand our current understanding of the complex nature of Muslim identities within the international geopolitical and sociological situation through a variety of critical stances. Prompting scholars to engage with connections between history, economics, literature, society, religion, etc., this journal invites articles devoted to the analysis of how Muslim identities are shaped, dealt with, investigated and problematized both in narratives and the screen by fostering multifaceted approaches. Prospective themes are:
Full papers (4000-7000 words) must conform to the latest MLA style. Articles must be sent as attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th November 2013.