Meatless Days, like other feminist writings, explores women as a social category in both “personal” and “political” terms. Within her searing memoir, the author Sara Suleri looks at the dynamics of Pakistani women’s identity and agency in the context of the patriarchal sociocultural power structures at play, as well as the many ways in which they negotiate with institutions and norms.
Published in 1989, Meatless Days began as a memoir essay “Excellent Things in Women”, which won the 1987 Pushcart Prize and became the book’s first chapter. Meatless Days “pioneered a new, original form of life-writing in Pakistani English literature—creative non-fiction” (Shamsie, 2017, p. 243) which also served as a powerfully resistant response to the existing military regime’s
Citation: Yaqoob, Munazza. "Meatless Days". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 January 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39298, accessed 09 December 2023.]