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Intimate Class Acts: Friendship and Desire in Indian and Pakistani Women's Fiction

Maryam Mirza


Intimate Class Acts is an interdisciplinary study of ten anglophone novels by women writers from India and Pakistan that grapple with the fascinating theme of emotional and physical intimacy between the haves and the have-nots in the Indian subcontinent. The novels examined include well-known texts, notably Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice-Candy-Man, as well as works that have so far drawn limited critical attention, such as Moni Mohsin’s The End of Innocence and Brinda Charry’s The Hottest Day of the Year. The intimate relationships explored in the book include f ... More

Keywords: class, intimacy, friendship, desire, subaltern, gender, anglophone novels, women writers, Pakistan, India

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maryam Mirza, author
BeIPD-COFUND postdoctoral research fellow, University of Liége, Belgium