Author: Ananya Jahanara Kabir
Publisher: Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788188965779
The Partition of British India in 1947 into the new nations of India and Pakistan, and the transformation of East Pakistan into a third nation, Bangladesh, in 1971,were events marked by violence, displacement, and multiple alienations. In her brilliant new book, Ananya Jahanara Kabir discusses their impact, three generations later, on contemporary cultural producers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Literary texts, archaeological digs, photographs, maps and other memorabilia are woven together to present a groundbreaking consideration of Partition.
Kabir’s account departs from previous Partition scholarship by arguing for 1947 and 1971 as linked epochal events; by excavating the connections between violence, memory, melancholia and modernity; and by bringing considerations of family, inter-generational dialogue, and subjectivity to new memory studies of South Asia.
Placing the historical ruptures of India’s partition in 1947 and the breakup of Pakistan in 1971 within a single frame, this book challenges the reader to look beyond the easy assumption of the post- partition selves constructed by nationalist paradigms, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi. Deftly interweaving primary materials and personal. Memory with the inter-generational history of her divided family, the author spotlights the multiple silences, gaps and contestations of post-colonial South Asian national narratives to provide an alternative view of nation-building attempts that have been either marginalized or forgotten in the process of selective nationalist remembering.
Partition’s Post-Amnesias is a richly textured and engaging work that in tracing the dialectic of memory and forgetting at the interstices of the individual and the collective recasts the debates on identity, memory and forgetting, criss-crossing the invisible lines dividing the subcontinent.
= Ayesha Jalal Mary Richardson Professor of History Tufts University
Kabir writes about deeply complex subjects and subjectivities, with great sensitivity and clarity. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book which brings refreshing new perspectives to bear on Partition Studies.
= Joya Chatterji Reader, Modern South Asian History Cambridge University
Note on Orthography, Terminology and Translation
Prologue: the Last Glue
Introduction: Politics of Memory, Poetics of Place
Part One: Between 1947 and 1971
Chapter 1: The Phantom Map
Chapter 2: Terracotta Memories
Part Two: Deep Topographies
Chapter 3: Archaeogeography
Chapter 4: The Enchanted Delta
Conclusion: Darjeeling Chai