Dr Shashikala Assella completed her PhD on Contemporary South Asian American women’s fiction in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include postcolonial literature, gender studies and popular culture especially from Asia.

Contemporary Pakistani American Women Writers: Writing their own stories, finding their own voices

Instead of presenting homogeneous views of the Pakistani American experience of immigrant or second-generation women, each of the authors articulates the need to be different in order to define and decide the lives of their women characters in their respective fiction. They present the Pakistani identity as well as the influence of Islam in the lives of their protagonists, not as a central element, but as another trait that adds to the individual characters. They, therefore, voice unique lives and present diverse stories that reflect select stories of the Pakistani American women’s experience in and among the Other in the US. Continue reading