Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism provides a nuanced analysis of Pakistani women’s lives, particularly in terms of how they engage with the environment, through readings of their literary and cinematic fictions. Shazia Rahman demonstrates the ways in which these women explore alternative, environmental means of belonging, examines the vitality of place-based identities within Pakistani culture, and, as such, contributes to evolving understandings of Pakistani women—both in relation to their environment as well as to various discourses of nation and patriarchy.
Deploying a postcolonial, ecofeminist approach, Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism allows theories of space and place-based identities to supply a framework for exploring everyday practices represented within Pakistani women’s film and literature—the material reality of how people live among each other, deal with their environment, and intuit their relationship with the spiritual. By analyzing the cinematic and literary fictions that portray Pakistani women’s engagements with the more-than-human environment, Rahman explains how nationalist and religious identifications exist simultaneously with less visible narratives of belonging, thereby enriching the understanding of the ways Pakistani women explore alternative, environmental ways of inclusion in order to counter dominant discourses of religious nationalism and global Islam.
INTRODUCTION: The Place That Is Pakistan
ONE: Punjab: Eco-cosmopolitan feminism
TWO: Thar: Bioregionalism
THREE: Bengal: Vernacular Landscape
FOUR: Karachi: Pakistani Eco-cosmopolitanism
FIVE: Displacement: Animalization
CONCLUSION: Justice For All