The Partition of Bengal: Fragile Borders and New Identities
This study looks at the rich literature that has been spawned through the historical imagination of Bengali-speaking writers in West Bengal and Bangladesh through issues of homelessness, migration and exile to see how the Partition of Bengal in 1947 has thrown a long shadow over memories and cultural practices. Through a rich trove of literary and other materials, the book lays bare how the Partition has been remembered or how it has been forgotten. For the first time, hitherto untranslated archival materials and texts in Bangla have been put together to assess the impact of 1947 on the cultural memory of Bangla-speaking peoples and communities. This study contends that there is not one but many smaller partitions that women and men suffered, each with its own textures of pain, guilt and affirmation.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
1 The Calcutta Riots in Representations and Testimonies
History Memory and Representations
Displacement and Belonging in PostPartition Bangla Fiction
Refugee Rehabilitation in Bangla Partition Fictions
Other editions - View all
abducted AIWC Akhtaruzzaman Elias Amrita Bazar Patrika areas Ashapurna Ashapurna Devi Ashoka Gupta Assam Bangla Bangladesh border Bose Calcutta Calcutta Riots camp communal create cultural Dandakaranya Delhi Dhaka discourse displacement districts dreams East Pakistan economic Elias enclaves epic exile explore fiction freedom Gandhi gender Ghosh Hasan Hindu-Muslim Hindus and Muslims human identity ideology journey Kolkata Kumar labour lakh land landscape language large number literary literature lives Manik Bandopadhyay marginal Marichjhapi memoir memory middle class migration modern movement Muslim League Namasudra narrative narrator nation nationalist Neeta Noakhali one’s partition partition’s Party of India peasants people’s political post-partition postcolonial questions reality refugee women relationship relief Renuka Ray representations resettlement riots Ritwik Ghatak Roy’s Saha short story social South Asia space squatter colonies struggle Sylhet symbolic Tarashankar Bandopadhyay texts transformation trauma Tripura trope village violence West Bengal woman workers writers