The Dysfunctional Father in Hanif Kureishi’s Novel The Buddha of Suburbia


  • Walid Messaoudi University of Jordan
  • Samira Al-Khawaldeh University of Jordan



the dysfunctional father, family, dress, Hanif kureishi


This study seeks to offer a comprehensible understanding of the father figure in family and how the father character in Hanif kureishi’s “The Buddha of Suburbia” becomes dysfunctional to some extent. However, critics, historians or literary figures concentrate less on the structure and more on the description such as a happy family or a sad family, etc. Add to that, writers succeed to depict the image of a ruling father who owns everything inside the family including his wife and children. Also, they may portray a successful mother who manages to take care of her children in the absence of a husband. Nevertheless, fathers as abusive and dysfunctional in particular families are seldom taken into consideration; perhaps because of the patriarchal stereotypes in certain communities. Thus, Fatherhood is the main reason to family destruction and disintegration in contradiction to the patriarchal system that positions the father as the symbol of unity and at the same time of power.

Author Biographies

Walid Messaoudi, University of Jordan

Faculty of English Language and Literature

Samira Al-Khawaldeh, University of Jordan

Faculty of English Language and Literature


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