South Asian Partition Fiction in English: From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh

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Amsterdam University Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 176 pages
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In this thoughtful volume Rituparna Roy explores a significant cross-section of fiction about the partition of British India in 1947 on the eve of the Empire’s dissolution and the subsequent succession of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971. The six novels selected for study—Train to Pakistan, A Bend in the Ganges, Ice-Candy-Man, Clear Light of Day, Midnight’s Children, and The Shadow Lines—follow a trajectory from primarily reporting the cataclysmic events to theorizing about them. Drawing from a wealth of historical material, Roy offers a sensitive analysis of these major literary works on the theme of partition.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
13
The Holocaust
33
Victim and agent
63
Religion or language?
89
Questioning the border
111
Conclusion
131
Glossary
139
Notes
141
Bibliography
163
Index
171
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About the author (2010)

Rituparna Roy taught English literature for several years at Basantidevi College, an undergraduate college affiliated with the University of Calcutta, She is currently a fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Amsterdam.

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