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The Transgressions of Belonging in Mohsin Hamid’s: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Ahmed, A; (2017) The Transgressions of Belonging in Mohsin Hamid’s: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Tropos , 4 (1) , Article 4. 10.14324/111.2057-2212.069. Green open access

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Abstract

Belonging is depicted as ethically transgressive in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which deconstructs belonging (as in a state of ownership) to the self’s longing (be longing) for what is eternally elusive or other about itself. Hamid’s novel demonstrates that this longing implicates the self in sacrificial violence against others. The collusive link between longing and violence in the novel is discussed in this paper with reference to Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death, which argues that responsibility to the other is contingent on the sacrificial violence of love.

Type: Article
Title: The Transgressions of Belonging in Mohsin Hamid’s: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2057-2212.069
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.2057-2212.069
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017, The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Belonging, Longing, Responsibility, Sacrificial violence
UCL classification: UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558860
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