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Title: The Kite Runner: A New Historicist reading
Authors: Gunwant S.
Gaur, Rashmi
Published in: IUP Journal of English Studies
Abstract: Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, even a decade after its publication, continues to remain a hit among readers worldwide. While the novel has been looked at from different theoretical prisms, the objective of this paper is to read the text from the New Historicism angle. The New Historicist study of The Kite Runner, informed as it is from the reading of influential works of Elizabethan critics such as Stephen Greenblatt and Louis Montrose, intends to see how the struggles of varied ideological discourses-in this case, the oppressive Orientalist and the liberatory Postcolonialist narratives of the postmodern world that the text has as its context-that make up the world of ideas, of which the writer and the text are products themselves, become a site of struggle and interplay of antagonistic standpoints. Also, the reading includes looking at how the text, seemingly innocuous and ideologically insulated, becomes a neo-Orientalist discourse perpetuating dominant discourses around the text's origin, that is, the social, political, and cultural state of Afghanistan, and shapes and in many ways aligns the readers' perception of Afghanistan with prevailing ideas, and also implicitly, subconsciously contests and subverts it. © 2016 IUP. All Rights Reserved.
Citation: IUP Journal of English Studies (2016), 11(2): 57-65
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: IUP Publications
ISSN: 9733728
Author Scopus IDs: 57192713119
Author Affiliations: Gunwant, S., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT RoorkeeUttarakhand, India
Gaur, R., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT RoorkeeUttarakhand, India
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