PERSUASION AND RESISTANCE: CONTESTING TRADITION IN SALT AND SAFFRON BY KAMILA SHAMSIE

Keywords:

Resistance, persuasion, women, tradition, contest, coexistence

Abstract

This paper attempts to demonstrate, expatriate Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie’s use of narrative in Salt and Saffron (2000) to contest and subvert dominant narratives of past by coming to term with it in a diverse perspective. The author’s description of family lore aims to expose resistance which breeds
a strong clash of opinion among those who are displaced and divided but spiritually united. This paper investigates how conciliation with the memories of past and present is crucial in forging a place of belonging in diaspora. The narrative reflects in the backdrop of partition, three generations of women confronting racism, patriarchal oppression and rigidity of traditions. Kamila Shamsie epitomizes skilled arbitration between drastically opposite customs, social systems, and traditions, exhibited boththrough the careful use of memory and history as rhetorical and narrative strategies and through the experience embodied within the text. The representation of national history is a both forward and backward looking ambivalent process in this novel. The layering stories of enduring family traditions and unconventional role of women, protesting against racism, patriarchal oppression and social class are employed as mechanics of persuasion and resistance. By endorsing resistance from diverse subject positions, women from three generations are able to create an alternate image of Pakistani women, to reveal a transformation from tradition to modernity and challenge the impermeability of borders, both in present and past and reality and fiction. The narrative proves to be especially effective in the battle to change strong attitudes. Shamsie has notably reinstated image of her homeland as a land of cultural assimilation, integration and coexistence by reaching to terms with the complexities of past and present.

Published

2022-06-20

How to Cite

PERSUASION AND RESISTANCE: CONTESTING TRADITION IN SALT AND SAFFRON BY KAMILA SHAMSIE. (2022). Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), 8(2), 324-332. Retrieved from https://pjsel.jehanf.com/index.php/journal/article/view/788