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The Indian partition in literature and films: history, politics, and aesthetics

Contributor(s): Mehta, Rini Bhattacharya [Editor] | Mookerjea-Leonard, Debali [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Routledge contemporary South Asia series; 93.Publisher: New York Routledge 2015Description: xviii, 185 p.ISBN: 9781138781801; 9781315769608.Subject(s): South Asian literature - English - History and criticism | Partition - literature | Motion pictures - South Asia - History and criticism | Social science - Ethnic Studies - GeneralDDC classification: 820.9954 Online resources: e-Book Summary: This book presents an examination of fictional representations, in books and films, of the 1947 Partition that led to the creation of the sovereign nation-states of India and Pakistan. While the process of representing the Partition experience through words and images began in the late 1940s, it is only in the last few decades that literary critics and film scholars have begun to analyse the work. The emerging critical scholarship on the Partition and its aftermath has deepened our understanding of the relationship between historical trauma, collective memory, and cultural processes, and this book provides critical readings of literary and cinematic texts on the impact of the Partition both in the Punjab and in Bengal. The collection assembles studies on Anglophone writings with those on the largely unexplored vernacular works, and those which have rarely found a place in discussions on the Partition. It looks at representations of women’s experiences of gendered violence in the Partition riots, and how literary texts have filled in the lack of the ‘human dimension’ in Partition histories. The book goes on to highlight how the memory of the Partition is preserved, and how the creative arts’ relation to public memory and its place within the public sphere has changed through time. Collectively, the essays present a nuanced understanding of how the experience of violence, displacement, and trauma shaped postcolonial societies and subjectivities in the Indian subcontinent. Mapping the diverse topographies of Partition-related uncertainties and covering both well-known and lesser-known texts on the Partition, this book will be a useful contribution to studies of South Asian History, Asian Literature and Asian Film. (http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9781315769608)
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Table of Contents:


Part 1 Surviving Violence


1. Quarantined: Women and the Partition Debali Mookerjea-Leonard

2. The Extraordinary and the Everyday: Locating Violence in Women’s Narratives of the Partition Shumona Dasgupta


Part 2: Borders and Belonging


3. Many Pakistans, Half a Village: Interrogating Borders in the Discourse on the Partition of India Ipsita Chanda

4. Fragments of Familiarity: The Bengal Partition in Samaresh Basu’s Short Stories Sudipta Sen

5. Patriotic Pakistanis, Exiled Poets or Unwelcome Refugees? Three Urdu Poets Write of Partition and Its Aftermath Laurel Steele

6. Nation (De)Composed: Ritwik Ghatak, Guru Dutt, Saadat Hasan Manto, and the Shifting Shapes of National Memory Nandini Bhattacharya


Part 3: History, Memory, and Aesthetics


7. Toward a Cognitive Poetics of History: Pinjar, the Rāmāyaṇa, and Partition Patrick Colm Hogan

8. Representing Partition: Poetics of Emotion in Pinjar Lalita Pandit Hogan

9. Return and Retake: Stardom Meets Post-Partition Trauma in Bengali Cinema Rini Bhattacharya Mehta


This book presents an examination of fictional representations, in books and films, of the 1947 Partition that led to the creation of the sovereign nation-states of India and Pakistan. While the process of representing the Partition experience through words and images began in the late 1940s, it is only in the last few decades that literary critics and film scholars have begun to analyse the work.

The emerging critical scholarship on the Partition and its aftermath has deepened our understanding of the relationship between historical trauma, collective memory, and cultural processes, and this book provides critical readings of literary and cinematic texts on the impact of the Partition both in the Punjab and in Bengal. The collection assembles studies on Anglophone writings with those on the largely unexplored vernacular works, and those which have rarely found a place in discussions on the Partition. It looks at representations of women’s experiences of gendered violence in the Partition riots, and how literary texts have filled in the lack of the ‘human dimension’ in Partition histories. The book goes on to highlight how the memory of the Partition is preserved, and how the creative arts’ relation to public memory and its place within the public sphere has changed through time. Collectively, the essays present a nuanced understanding of how the experience of violence, displacement, and trauma shaped postcolonial societies and subjectivities in the Indian subcontinent.

Mapping the diverse topographies of Partition-related uncertainties and covering both well-known and lesser-known texts on the Partition, this book will be a useful contribution to studies of South Asian History, Asian Literature and Asian Film.


(http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9781315769608)

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