Pulp Fictions: Reading Pakistani Domesticity

“Pulp Fictions” READING PAKISTANI DOMESTICITY by Kamran Ali

What I liked about this article is it recognizes that women’s voices/stories/experiences have often been narrated in non-traditional ‘spaces’; in classified literature not distributed en masse or in spaces within the private realm of discursive communication/mediums. What she means by non-public, non-traditional discursive spaces are: women’s autobiographies, folk-songs, private journals, diaries – which are often underrepresented in social-scientific literature. Therefore there are aspects in the social history of men that have been excluded: a) women are excluded but also b) mediums by which women use to express their identity and resistance are often not included as sources of social history. Indeed the inclusion can produce different and varied narratives of women’s experiences. A good CUA could suggest the alternative mediums on which to describe, document and evaluate women’s histories, how some of these mediums have generated different constructions of women’s identities, and how we can use the approach in this article to re-evaluate how his-story (methods and selection) is collected to include her-story.

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