This study guide will help you analyse the text “My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, themes and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “My Son the Fanatic”
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Published in: The New Yorker
Date of Publication: 28th of March, 1994
Genre: Short story
Hanif Kureishi (b. 1954) is a British novelist, filmmaker, playwright, and screen writer of Pakistani and English descent. In 2008, The Times included him in their list of “The greatest British writers since 1954”.
The short story “My Son the Fanatic” was reprinted in 1997 in Kureishi’s short stories collection Love in a Blue Time and was also adapted into a film. The short story explores a father-son relationship in the context of a culture clash between the two.
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