Negotiating Identity and Victimhood in H.M.Naqvi’s Home Boy


  • Shamima Sultana Assistant Professor, Department of English JRM, South 24 Parganas West Bengal, India


Identity, Indefinite Detention, Victimhood


The aftermath of 9/11 was marked by increased hostilities towards the Arabs and Muslims. The rhetoric of hatred being rampant, identity became compromised with an increased sense of victimhood. Taking into account the violence and the resultant narrative that the 9/11 engendered, retribution and alienation of the Muslim Other became an accepted fact. The PATRIOT ACT together with indefinite detention heightened the paranoia and Islamophobia. The targeting of the Muslim communities: the immigrants and the non-status residents fuelled increased suspicion. The racial profiling in policing and at ports of entry to the country fanned the alienation that the Muslims tried to navigate. H.M.Naqvi’s Home Boy (2010) attempts to trace how the cosmopolitan New York underwent change in the aftermath of the attacks and deliberates on identity and victimhood that underwent transformation


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Sultana, S. (2019). Negotiating Identity and Victimhood in H.M.Naqvi’s Home Boy. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(10), 17. Retrieved from