An evening of readings and music videos
Fawzia Afzal-Khan will read a chapter from her recently-completed memoir, Sahelian: Growing Up with Girlfriends Pakistani-Style.
The memoir charts the protagonist’s adolescent and mature years, criss-crossing with the lives and experiences of her “best” friends in 1970s Lahore, and again, much later, during visits “back home” from the USA. The recollections and continued interaction with her old Pakistani friends who have stayed behind in a monocultural society, prompt complex emotions and analyses of life’s possibilities and limitations. Further complications are caused by her position as a woman of Pakistani Muslim background living in the USA. A complex tapestry of a coming-of-age narrative, the memoir is a paean to the pleasures and the pains of friendship amongst women.
After the readings, Fawzia will present two short music videos, Smokescreen and Sacrifice.
Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Full Professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA. She is the author of two books, Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel (1993) and A Critical Stage: Secular Alternative Theatre in Pakistan (2005), Editor of the best-selling anthology, Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (2005), and co-editor of The Pre-Occupation of Post-Colonial Studies (2000).
A frequent contributer to Counterpunch, Fawzia has written and published numerous scholarly and journalistic essays on feminist theory, postcolonialism and theatre and performance in Pakistan, as well as women and Islam. She is trained singer in the North Indian Classical tradition, and performs with her band, Neither East Nor West in and around NYC, and is a founding member of the international experimental theater collective, Compagnie Faim de Siecle. She is beginning work on a new cultural studies project with co-author Sajid Iqbal, focusing on the life and times of the world-renowned Pakistani singer, the late Madame Noorjehan. Fawzia is currently editing A Monsoon Symphony: The Best of Pakistani English Literature for Oxford University Press, and splits her time between Lahore and New Jersey.
Date: Sunday 1st June, 2008