Tracing Pakistani Woman’s Political Voice in Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses

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Dr. Azim Ullah
Shaukat Khan Hayat Khan


This paper attempts to explore Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses, probing women’s empowerment and resistance against the socio-political oppressions during the three crucial decades of 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in Pakistan. Contending that Pakistan’s progressive intelligentia during the aforementioned decades reacted against the repressive forces backed by establishment, the paper examines how Broken Verses highlights women’s voices, rewriting the role of traditional Pakistani woman and further broadening the latter’s significant part in the country’s politics. The paper explores how Shamsie’s women lead the progressive march, confronting the retrogressive forces working under Pakistan’s civil and military regimes and thereby, epitomizing the revolutionary role of modern Pakistani women breaking with all precedents of perseverance and valor in the country’s history of resistance. The study examines that Pakistani women withstand against state’s oppressions and suppressions of women’s voices throughout the novel projecting them as proponent of democracy. 

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