Suleri — , [4] a notable political journalist , conservative writer, author, and the Pakistan Movement activist regarded as one of the pioneer of print journalism in Pakistan, and authored various history and political books on Pakistan as well as Islam in the Indian subcontinent. She received her B. Two years later, she was awarded an M. Her memoir, Meatless Days, is an exploration of the complex interweaving of national history and personal biography which was widely and respectfully reviewed. One critic, for instance, said recent scholarship by Edward Said , Homi Bhabha , Gauri Viswanathan , and Jacques Derrida has "reformulated the paradigmatic assumptions of colonial cultural studies ," and the book was as "important addition to such scholarship. No doubt, she is a sensitive literary critic who would be bored with the kind of detailed monographs historians and ethnographic anthropologists do as a matter of course.

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This novel shows the position of female in the society, the political aspects such as the status of Pakistani female and their position in this set up. She very artistically intermingles the culture of two lands and shows the diversity in the modern values and the traditional cultures. Ramsay Then we see, female characters are always busy in story telling or in doing domestic chores.

This shows that she consciously or unconsciously give importance to the women. She disrupted all the myths about women and talk about all the stereotypical notions that women are equally important as men and they are not at all inferior or weaker than the man. It is considered that men are more wise and brilliant but Suleri in her wok negates this idea and says women also needs an equal chance to learn and are able to perform all the tasks what men think women cannot do.

She is reduced to a mere biological phenomenon functioning before and for man in his hands from childhood to girlhood, to womanhood and to old age. Suleri occupies a unique position as a feminist writer. She uses her own family as a microcosm of Pakistan. Suleri reveals what happens to woman and what it means to be a woman in Pakistan. Women are subjected to sexual subjection through institutionalization of marriage. Suleri is eco feminist as she shows that her mother takes a leaf or a twig and enjoys the beauty of that leaf.

The incidents like the marriage of her grand father and grand mother shows that in male dominating society, no importance is given to the wishes of women. Her father suppressed her mother that shows a typical Pakistani male dominating man and shows that men in Pakistani patriarchy can never understand the feeling of women.

Another approach that can be applied on this novel is psychoanalytical approach, such as the text of this novel talks about body and it reduces the existence of women to nothing rather than mere bodies. So, she colludes or gives an opinion that it is a truth that men lives in houses and women lives in bodies. Even the greatest freedom of Ifat pushes her into inviolable matrimonial embrace with Javed deceptively termed as love. She can be a mother, a khala, a daughter and a sister. These are actually social positions meant for service-cum-servitude and therefore are valid to get respect.

But this request for tea is in its implications request for company. She finds comfort in the family gatherings where she is like a bride, a centre of attention of the marginalized members of the family, the women and the children.

Papa is too grand to pay any attention to the unsuitable behavior of the second class members of the family. Dadi mistakenly expected any serious attention from her son too grand for a woman whether she is a mother, a wife or a daughter.

On certain levels it seems as if this work of Suleri is an autobiography. Sulheri challenges the stereotypical notion about the eastern women that they are physically and mentally inferior and not able to do things as the man can do. Domestic life is showing that male is dominating and power over all in the society what ever man can not practice in the world he can practice in his home.

As a son, he never gave due respect to his mother. Even when he was with his mother living in the same house, there was unbridgeable gap between the mother and the son.

Woman as a woman has no place in Pakistani patriarchy. She can survive only as a grandmother, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife or a Khala.

She has to be a caring mother, or a docile wife or a submissive daughter. Motherhood is the most prestigious and privileged status that Dadi can think of though her own experience refutes any illusion even about motherhood. Meatless Days. Chicago University Press: Chicago,


Meatless Days

Suleri jumps from the present to the past, from the United States to Pakistan, and from the privileged world of Yale in New Haven to the traditional realm of cultural traditions. Both the clash of modern and traditional cultures as well as the exile versus the homeland is addressed in her beautiful prose. The female Pakistani author, Sara Suleri addresses the ontological landscape of her narrative as the role of both a Pakistani female and an exile. Through her misunderstanding of some of her own cultural traditions, she sees herself as existing in between two cultures and two ideologies, neither one nor the other. She also illustrates her own imagining of what Pakistan is an means to the exile. The book is an intriguing look at life in Pakistan and in the American-Pakistani community that Suleri has known.


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