Love, madness, body, and home: an archetypal analysis of the South Asian woman as the (post)colonial Majnun figure in Urdu television dramas
BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)
Faculty / School
School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Date of Award
Date of Submission
Nudrat Kamal, Lecturer, Department ofSocial Sciences
SSLA Culminating Experience
The archetypal Majnun figure finds its essence in the journey of the ‘Self’ to unite with the ‘Other’. When manifested through the intersection of contexts of the (post)colonial South Asian woman, this journey occurs within the vessel of the Majnun’s body and home. This research conducts an archetypal literary-visual analysis of two Pakistani Urdu television dramas, Shehr-e-Zaat (2012) and Dastaan (2010) to show the intricate connection between the (post)colonial South Asian woman’s ‘Self’ and concepts of body and home, which themselves are colored by the socio-cultural and political norms of this specific intersection of contexts. While Falak’s (Shehr-e-Zaat's protagonist) journey in attaining ideal love ends up with the prerequisite of transcending love of material beauty and undertaking the path of the religious housewife, Bano’s (Dastaan's protagonist) dream to unite with her ideal homeland in 20th century colonial Ludhiana pushes her to realize that her own identity (and body) is as contested as the lands of the new India and Pakistan. Building on the South Asian concept of the ‘woman who longs’ (the virahini), this research also complicates the ideas of madness and love—essential to Majnun’s manifestation as an archetype—in light of the gendered experiences of Falak and Bano as (post)colonial South Asian women.
Zahid, M. (2022). Love, madness, body, and home: an archetypal analysis of the South Asian woman as the (post)colonial Majnun figure in Urdu television dramas (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/sslace/112
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