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Unsettling Partition By Jill Didur

Unsettling Partition by Jill Didur

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Unsettling Partitions reinterprets the silences found in women's accounts of sectarian violence that accompanied Partition as a sign of their inability to find a language to articulate their experience without invoking metaphors of purity and pollution.

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Unsettling Partition: Literature, Gender, Memory by Jill Didur

The Partition of India in 1947 marked the birth of two modern nation-states and the end of British colonialism in South Asia. The move towards the 'two nation solution' was accompanied by an unprecedented mass migration (over twelve million people) to and from areas that would become India and Pakistan. Diverse representations of the violence that accompanied this migration (including the abduction and sexual assault of over 75,000 women) can be found in fictional, historical, autobiographical, and recent scholarly works. Unsettling Partition examines short stories, novels, testimonies, and historiography that represent women's experiences of the Partition. Counter to the move for 'recovery' that informs some historical research on testimony and fictional representations of women's Partition experiences, Jill Didur argues for an attentiveness to the literary qualities of women's narratives that interrogate and unsettle monolithic accounts of the period. Rather than attempt to seek out a 'hidden history' of this time, Didur examines how the literariness of Partition narratives undermines this possibility. Unsettling Partitions reinterprets the silences found in women's accounts of sectarian violence that accompanied Partition (sexual assault, abduction, displacement from their families) as a sign of their inability to find a language to articulate their experience without invoking metaphors of purity and pollution. Didur argues that these silences and ambiguities in women's stories should not be resolved, accounted for, translated, or recovered but understood as a critique of the project of patriarchal modernity.

About Jill Didur

Jill Didur is an associate professor in the Department of English at Concordia University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Unsettling Partition 'Making Men for the India of Tomorrow'? Gender and Nationalist Discourse in South Asia Fragments of Imagination: Rethinking the Literary in Historiography through Narratives of India's Partition Cracking the Nation: Memory, Minorities, and the Ends of Narrative in Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India A Heart Divided: Education, Romance, and the Domestic Sphere in Attia Hosain's Sunlight on a Broken Column At a Loss for Words: Reading the Silence in South Asian Women's Partition Narratives Conclusion: Recovering the Nation? Appendix A Notes Bibliography Index

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NLS9781442615052
9781442615052
1442615052
Unsettling Partition: Literature, Gender, Memory by Jill Didur
New
Paperback
University of Toronto Press
2006-02-25
212
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