Unburdening the Whiteman’s Burden: Representation of Afghanistan in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner


  • Roshna V PhD Scholar Department of English Calicut University Campus Malappuram (dt) Kerala


Since direct imperialism is impossible in this multicultural cosmopolitan world, empires are in need of novel and innovative operation methods of domination. Diasporic writers from the Orient and their works are carefully produced, backed and encouraged by the new colonial masters. By figuring out the ‘dangerous’ East, these pseudo representatives of the East and their narrations support the civilizing mission and assist the neo-colonizers to unburden “the Whiteman’s burdenâ€. The successive saga of Khaled Hosseini’s three novels in the West is because of their misrepresentation of his homeland through the reinforcement of conventional Orientalist structures and thereby encouraging American strategic interest in Afghanistan. Hosseini constructs the structure of Neo-Orientalism; imprints his own meanings and signs over his nation and thus he begins his play by building consensus for the American domination of Afghanistan. This paper entitled “Unburdening the Whiteman’s Burden:  Representation of Afghanistan in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner†is an attempt to expose the ideological construction of “deformed histories†of a region and its people represented by Khaled Hosseini and his novel, The Kite Runner


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