A FEMINIST READING OF SELECTED POEMS OF KISHWAR NAHEED

Huzaifa Pandit

Abstract


The essay is an attempt to place the poetry of Kishwar Naheed within the modern feminist discourse by examining how it corresponds to various feminist theoretical constructs and displaces traditional phallocentric modes of writing and versification in her inimitable style of poetry. The essay will try to analyze the ideological moorings of the feminist poet and explore whether or not she borrows from the popular discourse of another transgressive school: The Progressive Writers Association. The objective is to read the selected poems closely and by an investigation of their syntactic and semantic transgressions observe the pragmatic shift in her poetry and analyze whether she is able to bring in a fresh perspective of the collective experience of the women in Post-Colonial Pakistan in specific and the sub continental women in general. 


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Feminism

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Habib MAR: An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry MLA 2003

Lodge David: Modern Criticism and Theory

Akhter Madihah Falak: Fictionalizing a Feminist Self: Kishwar Naheed’s Buri Aurat ki Katha: Tufts University (MA dissertation)

Gendering Madness: Female Insanity in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre: Medonica Brian: 1992: Pune University (Mphil Dissertation).

Women’s Studies Quarterly Vol 39 fall/winter 2011: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York


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