Shazia Rahman’s book Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) analyzes Pakistani women’s cinematic and literary fictions to amplify their environmental ways of belonging that counter religious nationalism.


PhD, English, University of Alberta

Other Publications


“Cosmopolitanism, internationalization and orientalism: Bharati Mukherjee’s peritexts.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 49.4 (September 2013): 405-418. Print.
“Land, Water, and Food: Eco-cosmopolitan Feminist Praxis in Sabiha Sumar’s Khamosh Pani.Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 5.2 (June 2011): 187-201. Print.
“Karachi, Turtles, and the Materiality of Place: Pakistani Eco-cosmopolitanism in Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing.ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 18.2 (Spring 2011): 261-282. Print.
“Orientalism, Deconstruction, and Relationality: Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 15.4 (October-December 2004): 347-362. Print.
“The Packaging and Selling of a First Novel: Anita Rau Badami’s Tamarind Mem.” The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad 18.1 (Fall 1999): 86-99. Print.   



Call for Papers
South Asian Review Special Issue
The Environment of South Asia: Literary and Cinematic Representations
Guest Editor: Shazia Rahman
Deadline for Abstracts: 31 December 2019
The global environmental crisis has been playing out in specific ways in South Asia as histories of colonialism and now communalism intersect with human and nonhuman relations of all kinds. While many writers and filmmakers work on and represent the South Asian environment directly to raise awareness, some ecocritics write about South Asian literature and film to emphasize and draw attention to the environment even in texts that don’t intentionally showcase environmentalism. Most ecocritics, however, only discuss the work of Indian writers, such as Arundhati Roy, Amitav Ghosh, and Indra Sinha.
This special issue aims to expand Indian ecocriticism into South Asian ecocriticism and include more work from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka as well as other marginalized parts of India and South Asia. The goal is to bring together conversations about South Asian environment as represented in film and literature by exploring questions including but not limited to the following:

·         What literary and cinematic strategies do South Asians use to draw attention to environmental issues?
·         How is ecofeminism represented in South Asian film and literature?
·         How does the history of colonialism impact environmental issues in South Asian literature and film?
·         How can ecocritics write about Bollywood film to emphasize environmental issues?
·         How are environmental issues discussed in the literature of South Asia’s vernacular languages?
·         What is the place of nonhuman animals in South Asian film and literature?

Interested contributors should send 300 word abstracts and brief biographical statements via email to Shazia Rahman (1shaziarahman@gmail.com) by 31 December 2019. Double-spaced essays should be no longer than 7500 words including endnotes and a list of works cited. The completed articles should be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/rsoa/default.aspx
The journal uses Chicago Author–Date style and a guide can be found at https://www.tandf.co.uk//journals/authors/style/reference/tf_ChicagoAD.pdf
Completed manuscripts will be due 1 May 2020.



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