Orientalist Perspectives in Ellis’s Breadwinner Trilogy: A Postcolonial Critique


  • Suria Jabeen Headmistress (SED), Government Girls High School, District Layyah, Pakistan.
  • Saleem Akhtar Khan Assistant Professor/ Head, Department of English, University of Sialkot, Pakistan


Orientalism, Deborah Ellis, Breadwinner Trilogy, Postcolonialism


The study critically engages with the issue of continuity of the orientalist rhetoric in the contemporary literary yields. To establish and substantiate the argument, the researchers have analyzed Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner Trilogy (2009) that comprises Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, and Mud City. All the three fictional narratives claims to have represented the life of the Pakistani and Afghani characters who have been shown to face the existential threats in the wake of the insecurities that have engulfed the region. However, the study contends, the Canadian writer has also given way to the parochial psychological and sociological schema that has been held as the prime representational trope regarding the East, that is, Orientalism. The qualitative and textual approach has facilitated the researchers to negotiate the identified thematic patterns with the interpretive freedom. In this regard, framing the fictional representation into the Saidian critique of the orientalist discourse, the study explicates the reductive approach of the writer and exposes the latent ideological triggers working under the manifest humanist projections. Thus, the study strengthens the postcolonial stance and, therefore, will sharpen the Pakistani students’ understanding of the current socio-literary debates.




How to Cite

Suria Jabeen, & Saleem Akhtar Khan. (2021). Orientalist Perspectives in Ellis’s Breadwinner Trilogy: A Postcolonial Critique. Negotiations, 1(1), 52–67. Retrieved from http://journals.mehkaa.com/index.php/negotiations/article/view/9