Dissertation Chapter: Wall Street Sons: American Hospitality in H. M. Naqvi’s Home Boy

Module: Dissertation (Level 6)


  • Maryah Noor


Home Boy, Dissertation, Naqvi


This work is an extract from a final year dissertation titled Forgiveness and Hospitality in Post-9/11 South Asian Anglophone Fiction in which Derridean concepts of hospitality and forgiveness are used to examine how Kamila Shamsie, H. M. Naqvi, and Mohsin Hamid address the legacies of 9/11 and the resulting rise in islamophobia and xenophobia. This chapter focuses on H. M. Naqvi's HomeBoy and his deconstruction of the ‘theoretical premise of America’, as well as the relationship between the immigrant guest and the American host. I have highlighted how the novels show how American hospitality is based on the host's ability to capitalise on its guests whilst making comparisons between Hamid and Naqvi and their emphasis on the Wall Street and economic productivity as a condition of American hospitality. Chuck’s performance in Wall St both allows him access to American hospitality and reveals its conditionality. Naqvi's’ novel uses the symbolic nature of the 9/11 attacks on the heart of capitalism in Western Society to highlight the unjust utilization of hospitality in the United States.

Author Biography

Maryah Noor

Maryah Noor is a second-generation immigrant from Manchester. She is currently studying English Literature at Leeds Beckett University where she has developed a particular interest in post-colonial and in particular South Asian and Muslim literature. Her dissertation focused on highlighting literature which comments on and addresses the ongoing legacy of the 9/11 attacks, the ‘war on Terror’ and anti-muslim Xenophobia. Studying English literature at degree level allowed her to explore the impact of literature on our perception of the world; this is particularly important in understanding and hearing the narratives of those traditionally marginalized.