Dr. phil. Jayana Jain
Dr. phil. Jayana Jain

Thinking Past 'Post 9/11': Home, Nation and Transnational Desires in Pakistani English Novels and Hindi Films

Buch Cover Jayana Jain
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This book offers new ways of constellating the literary and cinematic delineations of Indian and Pakistani Muslim diasporic and migrant trajectories narrated in the two decades after the 9/11 attacks. Focusing on four Pakistani English novels and four Indian Hindi films, it examines the aesthetic complexities of staging the historical nexus of global conflicts and unravels the multiple layers of discourses underlying the notions of diaspora, citizenship, nation and home. It scrutinises the “flirtatious” nature of transnational desires and their role in building glocal safety valves for inclusion and archiving a planetary vision of trauma. It also provides a fresh perspective on the role of Pakistani English novels and mainstream Hindi films in tracing the multiple origins and shifts in national xenophobic practices, and negotiating multiple modalities of political and cultural belonging. It discusses various books and films including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Burnt Shadows, My Name is Khan, New York, Exit West, Home Fire, AirLift and Tiger Zinda Hai.

In light of the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 attacks, current debates on terror, war, paranoid national imaginaries and the suspicion towards migratory movements of refugees, this book makes a significant contribution to the interdisciplinary debates on border controls and human precarity. A crucial work in transnational and diaspora criticism, it will be of great interest to researchers of literature and culture studies, media studies, politics, film studies, and South Asian studies.

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  • Professional Experience

    since 10/2021

    Postdoctoral Researcher, SFB Law and Literature, WWU Münster

    10/2020 - 09/2021

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Media and Cultural Studies), Project ONLINERPOL, Department of Ethnology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU München

    2019 - 09/2020

    Lecturer for Special Tasks (Postcolonial Studies), English Seminar, WWU Münster

    2016 - 2019

    Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow (British and Postcolonial Studies), English
    Seminar, WWU Münster

    04/2016 - 09/2016

    Research Associate, CoHaB Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai

    2014 - 2015

    Early-Stage Researcher, ITN CoHaB, WWU Münster

    04/2014 - 09/2014

    Full-time Lecturer (Shikshan Sevak), English Language and Indian Literature
    Ramnarian Ruia College (University Grants Commission India, College of Excellence NAAC graded A), Mumbai

    10/2013 - 03/2014

    English Teacher of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Section
    Gopi Birla Memorial School, Mumbai


  • Academic CV

    2014 - 2019

    Ph.D. in English Philology
    Westfälische Wilhelms Universität (WWU) Münster
    Thesis: Nation, Home and Identity: An Inquiry into diasporic trajectories in selected post-9/11 Pakistani English Novels and Hindi Films (magna cum laude). Joint Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer (WWU Münster) and Prof. Shoba V. Ghosh (University of Mumbai).

    2012 - 2013

    B.Ed. Specialization in English, World History and International Education
    St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai, India

    2010 - 2012 M.A. Honours in English Literature. Thesis: The Mapping and the Remapping of a Nation: Exploring the Unmapped Spaces in Nuruddin Farah’s Maps (ranked first with distinction)
    University of Mumbaiand Otto-Von Guericke Universität Magdeburg (WS 2011-2012)
    2007 - 2010 B.A. Major in English Literature and Honours in History
    St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
    Sole Candidate to be awarded Honours in History in the academic year 2010
    2007 - 2008 DEM (Diploma in Event Management)
    National Institute of Event Management of India, Mumbai

    HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate Examination in Arts)
    St. Xavier's College, Mumbai


    SSC (Secondary School Certificate Examination
    Dadar Parsee Youths Assembly High School, Mumbai