Marginalization In Hussain's The Desolate City: A Postcolonial Critique

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This study amalgamates the subjects of World Englishes, Postcolonial Literature and Trauma Literature. Colonization results in restraining the locals on their own homeland, depriving them of the basic necessities and their social, economic and religious rights. The current study has attempted at finding such elements in Indo-Pak Postcolonial Literature of post War of Independence 1857 from the manuscript of The Desolate City by Intizar Hussain translated by Mujahid Eshai, where the plight of the locals of the city of Delhi is accounted. This study has incorporated the textual method utilizing multi-model analysis through the lens of the proposition of Edgar W. Schneider's Dynamic Model of Postcolonial Outer Circle Englishes (2018) and Edward Said's Orientalism (1979). The study has found that despite being in their own homeland, the British power has marginalized the locals either linguistically, economically, religiously or socially. Moreover, apart from the locals being affected, this plight has also affected the former ruling family and royalty.


1-Kaniz Fatima
Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, Lahore College for Women University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Muhammad Yousaf Rahim
Faculty of English, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan.

3-Kanzah Musaddiq
MPhil Scholar, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.


Marginalization, Colonization, Dynamic Model, Postcolonial Literature, Orientalism

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Published: 09 2021

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