Chishty-Mujahid, Nadya Q. Books

Dr. Nadya Chishty-Mujahid is Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. She holds a doctorate in English Literature from McGill University, an MAT degree from Smith College, and a bachelor of arts from Bryn Mawr College.

Character Development in Edmund Spenser's the Faerie Queene
2006 0-7734-5679-1
This text focuses on how a series of major characters in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (Prince Arthur, Britomart, Duessa, Artegall, and those characters that figure forth the poet’s sovereign, Elizabeth I) enhance a reader’s appreciation of the epic’s complex topical allegory and its moral implications. By closely interpreting the respective functions and narratives of these characters, and additionally examining some of Spenser’s main techniques of character development, the author proposes that the above figures both articulate and underscore central aspects of the poet’s politically encomiastic and critical agendas. These specific techniques of character development include composition, fragmentation, and metamorphosis (both positive, as in the case of Britomart, as well as pejorative, such as in the case of the wicked enchantress Duessa). By thus investigating the topical import of The Faerie Queene’s allegory, the author further demonstrates both how the epic’s major characters illustrate contemporary Elizabethan moral and political ideals and, in certain cases, exemplify serious perceived threats to those ideals. The text also indicates that the poet consistently and cautiously treads a fine line between allegorically depicting controversial historical issues and events (towards which at least some Elizabethans were ambivalent), and praising Elizabeth and her successful governing abilities. This crucial tension, reflected in the epic’s diverse plots, invests the topical aspects of the poem with much of their complexity. Yet, given that Spenser’s main aims included portraying his queen as a model monarch, while simultaneously enhancing concepts of English nationhood, his criticisms of her government and policies remain tentative. Loyalty to the Tudor sovereign and to the predominant Protestant faith in England are fundamental to the epic, for the poet assumes they provide his audience with an essential foundation for personal moral “self-fashioning.” Eclectically drawing on a variety of literary traditions, such as Italian Renaissance epic, medieval Arthuriana, and classical literature, Spenser thus creates a markedly Protestant epic that glorifies Britain’s heritage and monarch even as it explores the intriguing complexities of heroism and heroic character.

Dancing Beloved in South Asian Lyric Film: A Study of pakeezah, Mughl-E-azam, and umrao Jann
2010 0-7734-3711-8
The South Asian dancing-beloved’s courtesanship, her enigmatic presence, her romantic allure, and her socio-economic position are all explored within the framework of this book. This text presents English translations of major Urdu (and a couple of Poorbi) lyrics from classic South Asian films.

Eighteenth Century Influences on Jane Austen's Early Fiction
2012 0-7734-4053-4
This scholarly text, suitable for graduates and undergraduates alike, examines how the Gothic writing of Ann Radcliffe and the eighteenth-century novels of Fanny Barney helped to shape and hone Jane Austen’s own eighteenth century literary endeavors. It specifically focuses on Austen’s early works Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, and Sense and Sensibility, all of which were conceived and shaped during the last decade of the 1700’s. This study closely follows the manner in which Austen eschewed the popular epistolary genre in favour of the novel-form, how she mastered the parodic-Gothic form, and created characters that while uniquely hers owed a great deal to the late-eighteenth century English milieu of which they have become major cultural elements.

Esoteric-Orientalist Elements in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey: the Nexus of Gothic and Cultural Studies
2015 1-4955-0318-8
A soundly documented, uncompromisingly original work that directs readers to re-examine the classic texts and tropes of Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey, Orientalist sub-fields of Cultural studies, and intriguing aspects of the Tarot in a postmodern context. The author points students and scholars to examine neglected aspects of academia, and in so doing, furthers the interdisciplinary agenda of the Cultural studies field.

Explaining the Canonical Poems of English Literature
2012 0-7734-2563-2
Nadya Q.Chishty-Mujahid’s Explaining the Canonical Poems of English Literature spans several centuries of English literature, by examining the canonical poetry of writers such as Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, Browning, Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett, and D.H. Lawrence. Chishty-Mujahid demonstrates that however much we have studied these great poets, there is still room to elucidate on their magnitude. More importantly, Chishty-Mujahid reinvigorates the importance of these masterpieces by rejecting the postmodern argument that these authors are culturally dominant relics of the past. Rather, through her commentary she appeals to the undergraduate and graduate reader that while canonical poetry has undergone several mutations over the centuries those works continue to uplift the soul and remain the apex of literary expression.

Explaining the Major Themes in English Poetry: Religion, Nature, Classics, Romance, Individual Struggle, Politics
2014 0-7734-4348-7
The text focuses on six major themes often found in canonical English poetry. These include religion, nature, classics, romance, individual struggle, and politics. Using representative works of famous poets including, but not limited to, Milton, Donne, Shakespeare, Keats, Kipling and the Rossetti siblings, the book links poems on diverse and varied topics (such as the Virgin Mary, colonial India, and Tudor history) in order to illustrate the richness and complexity of the literary canon.

An impressive and compelling contribution to the study of poetry that will enchant students of literature and casual readers for years to come. Instead of using chronological division of works the author arranges the poems according to central themes in literature. The text’s main aim is to make challenging poems more approachable and accessible to young undergraduates.

Introduction to Western Esotericism: Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups, and Games
2008 0-7734-5019-X
This work functions as an introductory text for those new to the discipline, but also presents more advanced-level studies of literary works that will appeal to a more specific critical audience. The interdisciplinary diversity of the work enhances the presentation of certain hitherto unexplored academic vistas of Western Esotericism. This book contains thirty black and white photographs.