Vision and Blurriness: A Postcolonial Study of Uzma Aslam Khan’s Novel The Geometry of God
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 8, Issue 4, July 2020, Pages: 185-190
Received: Jan. 21, 2020; Accepted: Feb. 11, 2020; Published: May 12, 2020
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Qasim Ali Kharal, Department of English Literature, Faculty of English Literature, University of Sargodha, Lahore, Pakistan
Zona Zafar, Department of English Literature, Faculty of English Literature, University of Sargodha, Lahore, Pakistan
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Abstract
The aim of present research paper is to challenge the ‘Vision’ of west through metaphorical representation of Mehwish’s blindness. The researcher intends to focus upon the use of blindness, which through performance and functional equivalency produces challenge to vision (Eurocentrism). The re-understanding encourages her test the marginalization or "othering" of the blind by deconstructing the myths about visual impairment. Dr. Kenneth’s concept of ‘blindness’ is taken as theoretical framework. Further, Schor’ concept of ‘blindness as metaphor’ is also taken to support the main argument of the research. Dr. Kenneth Jernigan in his book Blindness as Metaphor challenges the traditional concept of blindness. As previously, it is described as ‘disability to see something’ [1], lose or deformity of eyesight. He emphasized to not define blindness merely “in medical and measurable terms something which must be defined not medically or physically but functionally” [2]. Presented thesis has taken blindness as a metaphor to counter attack the European narrative of ‘enlightenment ‘as it functionally failed to enlighten the ‘other’ civilization. Uzma Aslam Khan through her implicit characterization and metaphorical treatment blindness is challenging the oculocentrism. Thus, through physical blindness and functional capabilities of Mehwish, metaphorically Khan challenges the Western mindset of enlightenment.
Keywords
Blurriness, Vision, Oculocentrism, Othering
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Qasim Ali Kharal, Zona Zafar, Vision and Blurriness: A Postcolonial Study of Uzma Aslam Khan’s Novel The Geometry of God, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2020, pp. 185-190. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20200804.12
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