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A Pair of Jeans

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Transcript of A Pair of Jeans

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Basic information about the author
Summary and setting of the story
Pakistani women in the UK

Narrative techniques
Interpretation
Sources
Qaisra Shahraz
born 1959 in Pakistan

grew up in England

studied in Manchester and Salford

lives in Manchester
Pakistani Women in Britain
Narrative Techniques

Alternating Narrative Perspective






Two Endings
second ending added in 2004: Miriam's rebellion
surprising effect
identification with Miriam: choice of outcome








sets off conflict
iconic symbol of Western culture
clothing: identity (Miriam)
prejudice
Interpretation
A Pair of Jeans
a short story by Qaisra Shahraz
Structure
Summary

switching point of view
limited third-person narrators
vivid atmosphere
complexity of multiculturalism
Miriam
Farook
Fatima
Farook's parents
Miriam's college friends
Pakistani culture
English culture
Setting
immigration: started in the middle of the 19th century
British Ray
British Indian Army
World War II
Break-up of the British Empire
independence of Pakistan
member of the Commonwealth
huge increase of immigration in 1950 - 1960
today: 1.2 million
Reasons


Cultural and sexual discrimination
prejudices against Muslims:
positive picture of Islam
"I have multiple identities. I describe myself as a British Muslim woman of Pakistani origin, who was born in Pakistan and has lived in the UK, in Manchester, since the age of 9. "
"Over the last decade or so there has been a rise in Islamophobia, marginalisation of Muslim communities and hatred towards Islam and Muslims at large."
prejudices against English
and Western culture
oppression of women:
feminism
Title
"A Pair of Jeans"
Sources
Pictures:
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/Flags/UK.gif
http://qaisrashahraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/9781908446176-A-pair-of-Jeans-22.jpg
http://31.media.tumblr.com/16ca70dd2ef4fef1ad23f91d5c018d10/tumblr_mrgg2qpO6i1qj8evso1_500.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kxQYHCJvE9g/Tnzd5P1aj2I/AAAAAAAAAK4/3zKmEhuB0yw/s1600/Kanjivaram+Silk+Saree.jpg
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/writersgallery/writers/Qaisra.jpg
20th Century English Short Stories- Interpretationshilfe by Rainer Jacob
http://dspace.flinders.edu.au/jspui/bitstream/2328/27258/1/Shahraz_Arafath.pdf
http://english.pravda.ru/history/16-05-2012/121132-qaisra_shahraz-0/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrative_mode
www.loaditup.de/files/686200_rqvbykxf6r.doc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Pakistanis
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534906/Beaten-abused-raped-brides-lured-wretched-lives-Britain.html
http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21568733-hidden-explanation-britains-surprising-job-numbers-bangladeshi-and-pakistani-women-are
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/27/muslim-lesbians-pakistan-asylum-_n_3341499.html
Chances
Problems
education
possibility to receive a good education, go to college, university, ...
struggle with traditional image of a muslim woman
work
possibility to have a respected job with nearly equal conditions
prejudices
discrimination
no acceptance of family, friends, ... defined image
society
get to know a new culture and new people
chance to open your thinking
prejudices
no acceptance
discrimination
isolation

personal
further education of own personality
new lifestyle
new friends
find the balance between modern spirit and tradition
loss of own balance
struggling between to worlds
conflict of identity

better opportunities to study ( scholarships etc.)
highly valued

work
forced/arranged marriages
Cultural Aspects
expectations of women: husband is responsable for income
women: expected to obey husband, raise the children and run the household
Islamic restrictions on women

Positive Effects of Multiculturalism
"The multiple identities have substantially enriched my life. They make me who I am. Fortunately I have not suffered from any cultural clashes or negative ' cultural' experiences."
"The added bonus of having multiple identities is that I am very much into celebrating diversity and valuing people's differences. At the end of the day you are a product of the environment in which you are raised."
Miriam's development
"Two personae"
English
Pakistani
One identity
Integration: Search of Identity
Miriam's family

adapt to Western environment
follow Pakistani traditions
acculturation
reject English culture
no integration
isolation
Qaisra Shahraz:
"In order to integrate with mainstream society I don’t have to give up my other identities, which as a human being is my right."
Farook's family
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