Sara Suleri is divided between her fascination for her father's strong character and her repulsion for the consequent effect on woman's space in family life, connoting a critique of Pakistani patriarchal society in which women, irrespective of their social status, suffer from marginalization. Although Suleri's Boys Will Be Boys is an elegy for her father, as she announces in the sub-title of the work, she manages her tilt toward her father despite her advocacy of the woman's space miserably shrunk to domestic life in Pakistani society. Besides women’s position, she questions the dominant version of history and the state's political manipulation of religion for ulterior motives. She is close to Boehmer's theorization of the elitist continuities and intimacies with a view that develops from geographically and historically multiple contexts and histories. Her role as a native intellectual is two-pronged: her view is colored by Western discourse, but her status as a 'representative' Pakistani voice is also significant. This article analyzes how far Suleri's representation of women, religion and history of Pakistani society is colored by Western context.
1-Ghulam Murtaza Associate Professor, Department of English, GC University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. 2-Mazhar Hayat Professor, Department of English, GC University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Syed Ali Waqar Hashmi Research Assistant, Department of English, GC University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
Pakistani Literature in English, Nation, Representation, Feminism, Patriarchy, Gender, Sara Suleri