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What do we imagine Afghanistan to be? The Ruins of Kabul examines how the meaning of “Afghanistan” has been produced, ordered, and perpetuated through literary and visual texts that were published after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent U.S.-led invasion—the era that propelled Afghanistan into the center of global media visibility. Through an analysis of fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, plays, and film, the book demonstrates that writing and screening Afghanistan has become a tool for understanding our shared post- 9/11 condition—a hermeneutics of the contemporary.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Half Title Page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Global Afghanistan
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. Humanitarian Sublime and the Politics of Pity: Writing and Screening “Afghanistan” Circa 2001
  2. pp. 21-58
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  1. 2. Imagining the Soviets: The Faustian Bargain of Khaled Hosseini’s Kabul “Trilogy”
  2. pp. 59-98
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  1. 3. Humanitarian Jihad: Unearthing the Contemporary in the Narratives of the Long 1979
  2. pp. 99-136
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  1. 4. Witness: Modes of Writing the Disaster
  2. pp. 137-174
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  1. 5. The Deep Time of War: Nadeem Aslam and the Aesthetics of the Geologic Turn
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. 6. The Kabubble: The Humanitarian Community Under Scrutiny
  2. pp. 197-230
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  1. Conclusion: The End of an Era
  2. pp. 231-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-252
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 253-267
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-277
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 279
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781557539755
Related ISBN
9781557538468
MARC Record
OCLC
1112789496
Pages
259
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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