The research attempts to evaluate the nexus between neoliberal
global capitalism and neo-imperialism as portrayed in Tariq Ali’s
play A Banker for All Seasons (2008) from a Marxist Postcolonial perspective. It
applies the theory of World System and Dependency to examine the polarization of
the globe into the core, imperialist and peripheral, colonized capitalist economies
through the evolution of a capitalist world system in the last five centuries. In the
same light, the present study scrutinizes the perpetuation of dependency in the
postcolonial, peripheral states by the development of US-centric transnational
enterprises which, supported by the national
capitalists and neoliberal agenda, economically
exploit masses across the globe. A textual
analysis of Agha Hasan Abedi’s character in the
play highlights the way the global Bank of Credit
and Commerce International founded in
Pakistan ran neo-imperialist operations and
plundered the hard-earned money of its small
depositors, benefitting the big capitalists.
Ph.D. Scholar, Department of English, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Assistant Professor, Department of English, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Capitalist World System, Dependency, National Bourgeoisie, Neoimperialism, Neoliberal Globalization