Counter-Hegemonic Discourse in The Wasted Vigil

Mudasir Altaf Bhat

Abstract


The novel shows Afghanistan in the state of civil war. In the hegemonic discourses that serve as the packages of consciousness, this ongoing civil war has been read as the result of the country’s inability to govern itself.This paper intends exploring how The Wasted Vigil (2009) forms a counter-discourse by challenging such stereotyping through its insistence on representing civil war in Afghanistan alongside of colonial invasion and occupation.Drawing on Agamben’s theories of both biopolitics and ‘states of exception’, it shall be argued that the text offers to understand the ‘War on Terror’ as a version of ‘global civil war’ that serves to normalize and legitimize the transformation of constitutional democracy into a permanent but unacknowledged “state of exception”.

Keywords


9/11, Afghanistan, Discourse, hegemony, war on terror.

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