Reading Khaled Hosseini

Reading Khaled Hosseini

Reading Khaled Hosseini

Reading Khaled Hosseini


Making Culture, Changing Society proposes a challenging new account of the relations between culture and society focused on how particular forms of cultural knowledge and expertise work on, order and transform society. Examining these forms of culturee(tm)s action on the social as aspects of a historically distinctive ensemble of cultural institutions, it considers the diverse ways in which culture has been produced and mobilised as a resource for governing populations.

These concerns are illustrated in detailed case studies of how anthropological conceptions of the relations between race and culture have shaped e" and been shaped by e" the relationships between museums, fieldwork and governmental programmes in early twentieth-century France and Australia. These are complemented by a closely argued account of the relations between aesthetics and governance that, in contrast to conventional approaches, interprets the historical emergence of the autonomy of the aesthetic as vastly expanding the range of arte(tm)s social uses.

In pursuing these concerns, particular attention is given to the role that the cultural disciplines have played in making up and distributing the freedoms through which modern forms of liberal government operate. An examination of the place that has been accorded habit as a route into the regulation of conduct within liberal social, cultural and political thought brings these questions into sharp focus. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology, museum and heritage studies, history, art history and cultural policy studies.


The purpose of this volume in the Pop Lit Book Club series is to introduce readers to the author Khaled Hosseini, his works, and their place in contemporary culture. Hosseini is a relatively new author. His first book, The Kite Runner, was published in 2003, and A Thousand Splendid Suns was published four years later in 2007. Both have enjoyed bestseller status and have been popular book club choices. Divided into nine chapters that examine Hosseini’s novels from a variety of perspectives, this book should be a valuable resource for schoolteachers, librarians, and book club and reading group facilitators. It is also a resource for independent readers, both those who are approaching Hosseini for the first time and those who are familiar with his works but who are interested in a deeper look at the author and his novels.

The book begins with an overview of the author’s life and ends with suggestions for further readings. The first chapter presents experiences from Hosseini’s childhood in Afghanistan, to his immigration to the United States following the Communist coup in Kabul, through his education in American schools and universities to the launch of his writing career. Chapter 2 explores the structure of both novels. Although the plots of these novels are quite different one from another, the structures of these plots have shared elements. The chapter takes a close look at these elements and into the motivations that drive the characters to determine where these works of fiction can be placed within the complex genre that is the novel. Chapters 3 and 4 present a detailed look at the novels, providing for each novel an extensive plot summary, an analysis of the characters and settings, and a thorough examination of the themes.

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