Even so, he admits, bats have survived in the city of Lahore by being cunning and predatory — much like the Stranger and himself, he notes. Changez continues to imply comparisons between Pakistan and the United States.
We will ultimately end up with no electricity, no water, no employment, no money. This is very critical to our survival.
There he experiences — as many of us no doubt will, if we are lucky enough to live so long and to have access to the life-extending technologies that his personal wealth affords him — the profound self-alienation of "an unseen network suddenly made physical.
For the first time in his life, the unconscious functions of his body become objects of ambivalent consciousness, of fascination and terror. Seeing the network upon which his life depends, he feels mortally caught up in it, "as a fly experiences a cobweb.
Youth and health, by extension, generally imply the opposite: It is, as Fredric Jameson would say, a national allegory. The setting is never specified beyond "Rising Asia," and the protagonist is unnamed, referred to throughout the novel in the second person as "you.
And when we read the passage narrating the protagonist's imminent death next to the remarks about Pakistan's dire "energy problem" from real-life Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, we begin to see that the critical condition of the unnamed protagonist mirrors the critical condition of Pakistan as a whole.
The "interfaces electrical, gaseous, and liquid" keeping the protagonist alive are textual reflections of the infrastructural triumvirate of water, gas, and electricity: If the grid fails — and it does fail, on a daily basis — Pakistan fails, and so do "you.
Dar told the press that the Pakistani government believed their membership in the AIIB would "cater to the needs of the region" particularly in terms of "energy and communications infrastructure development.
The material structures of electricity grids and water supply networks have their conceptual counterpart in the discourses and institutions of "water and power.
What does it mean to interpret Hamid's novelistic fictions by thinking through what Minister Asif calls Pakistan's "energy problem"? Since Hamid's fictions thematize energy infrastructures, the job will appear fairly straightforward at first.
But part of my argument here is that the energy problem is structurally deeper than theme. Neither the energy humanities nor the much better established environmental humanities have achieved full legitimacy in literary criticism because they tend to remain thematically based.
However, the scope and methods of the environmental humanities have undergone major expansions in recent years, driven by an increasing awareness of anthropogenic global warming, species endangerments and extinctions, and resource depletion. If ecocriticism had previously been limited within a narrow field of British and American literature since about that concerned itself explicitly with the environment, it has, in recent decades, begun to confront the uneven distribution of the benefits of economic development, and the consequences of environmental degradation, across the globe.
Malcolm Sen observes, for example, that while postcolonial ecocriticism "needs urgently to analyse the current environmental and developmental conditions in which the postcolonial subject resides," it "has not yet developed an approach which matches the complexity of the literature.
Defined in a general sense by Caroline Levine as "the practice of attending closely to the jostling, colliding, and overlapping of social, cultural, and technological forms," infrastructuralism in the case of Hamid's novels entails reading the energy infrastructures of his fictions as an integral part of their setting, and reading literary setting with the same careful attention usually afforded to character and plot.
But ecocriticism tends to reify "setting" back into "the environment" and to fetishize "the environment" as a kind of anthropomorphized, embattled protagonist: The methodological challenges mounted by Medovoi's essay are therefore: As Medovoi shows, the "environment" may initially appear as an ecocritical subject, but a little historical examination reveals that the "environment" is rather a discursive category invented by capitalism itself in order to exploit the natural world with ever more totalizing force.
Hamid's novels offer critical purchase on Medovoi's injunction to read for setting, because they narrate Pakistan's energy sector as if it were their setting. And they treat that energy setting as if it were the dominant motor of the novels' plots and the dominant force shaping their forms.
Total Development In order to understand how energy infrastructure might function as a distinctive kind of setting in Hamid's novels, we must first of all understand how energy infrastructure, alongside our concept of the environment, became a dominant aspect of governmentality in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Infrastructure has become something of a buzzword in international banking in the last few years. China Daily's article announcing the opening was straightforwardly titled "Infrastructure aid is goal of new bank.
The five founding members of the NDB came together to form a financial alternative to the seventy-year dominance of the International Monetary Fund IMF and the World Bank, a direct challenge to what remains of the Bretton Woods status quo since Where China Daily's headline tells a story of infrastructural improvement, Al-Jazeera's headline tells a story of international conflict instead: World's emerging economies finally back up years of anti-Western rhetoric by launching rivals to the World Bank and IMF.
Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers warned, "We're contemplating a major institution in which the United States has no role, that the United States made substantial efforts to stop — and failed.
But even if it were true, depending on one's point of view, the tectonic shift in global economic power that Summers supposes might not be so terrifying — it might, in fact, signal relief from years of economic terror suffered in the nations of the Global South at the hands of the Structural Adjustment Policies SAPs of the IMF and the World Bank.
Whatever one might make of the overall institutional history and political legacy of the World Bank, it began its history with a verifiable dedication to infrastructure projects in the Global South, and ended it — if we are seeing its end — with a record of privatization, financialization, and bureaucratization that has utterly forsaken its original project to aid the modernization of poor countries.
As Franco Moretti and Dominique Petre have recently pointed out, the discourse of the World Bank — what they call "Bankspeak" — reveals at the level of vocabulary and syntax a policy transmogrified from an emphasis on material infrastructures to an emphasis on finance, management, and governance.
That failure paved the way for the AIIB and the NDB to step in, with promises to fund critical infrastructure projects in their member states. The insistence on infrastructure projects by the new banks is part of a movement in the BRICS and other underdeveloped nations that goes by the name Neo-Developmentalism, a term coined in by Brazilian economist Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira.
According to Cornel Ban, Neo-Developmentalism is an economic movement dedicated to "marrying developmentalism and the welfare state," or merging "structuralist and Keynesian thinking into a new development paradigm.
Neo-Developmentalism is thus a reaction to neoliberalism, and a revolution against it. In Nassar's Egypt, to use Timothy Mitchell's example, dam construction was a perfect project for the ambitions of total development, because big dams reorganized "forces of nature, systems of agriculture, flows of energy, powers of labor, and material production.
Moreover, big dams were, and are, powerful symbols of national strength, so powerful that the symbolism sometimes overtakes considerations of social justice, ecological conservation, or even economic rationality. Jawaharlal Nehru, for example, infamously called India's dams "the temples of modern India.“Why does Changez feel out of place in both America and Pakistan?” Mohsin Hamid’s first-person novel “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” details the fictional story of a young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street, and suddenly finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American dream and the unrelenting tug of his ties to his homeland.
out there, which affects everything from the way we conceive of planetary geography to national Changez travels a great deal, first as a migrant and then as an employee of Underwood Samson, an American company with a global reach.
This global Changez’s instantaneous relocations between America, Greece, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Chile.
It is also productive to the design of this essay to think of Hamid's Changez, as a recent addition to an established lineage of unreliable narrators. and out of love, with America. Nair invokes a dialogic feel to the film. The unreliable narrator makes a much smaller intervention, reduced perhaps to making the audience guess as to.
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