I want to do a comparative study of female English novel writers.The comparison will be between  1947-1980 and 1981-2015  female Pakistani novel writers.The purpose is to see a change.I am...

I want to do a comparative study of female English novel writers.The comparison will be between  1947-1980 and 1981-2015  female Pakistani novel writers.The purpose is to see a change.I am confused whether i should do the comparison generally or i should select a specific province or city for my feminist analysis? 

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You have several issues you need to address here. The first is to think about what your criteria for inclusion are. Do you want to cover:

  • Pakastani women writers whose works were initially written in local languages such as Urdu or Punjabi but have been translated into English?
  • Pakastani women who write in English such as Bapsi Sidhwa and Qaisra Shahraz?
  • Female members of the Pakistani diaspora who live abroad and write in English?

Your next major concern is that to write a good comparative essay of this sort, your starting point should be some specific theme or thesis. Once you have an idea of the substance of what you want to compare, you can then select writers who illustrate your main points. Starting with writers and then searching for points of comparison post hoc, as it were, can result in an unfocused essay.

One point of comparison might be language choice. In other words, in what way is the choice to write in Urdu or in English itself a signal of feminist ideology? Does English function as a rebellion against the patriarchal norms of Pakistani society or is it complicit with colonial oppression?

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