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Title: Memory, dis-location, violence and women in the partition literature of Pakistan and India
Author: Khan, Furrukh Abbas
ISNI:       0000 0001 3598 2364
Awarding Body: University of Kent at Canterbury
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2002
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The trauma of the Partition of India, declared on the 14th August 1947, has left an indelible mark on the psyche of people who witnessed it, and more specifically those who were unfortunate enough to actually experience the horrors that accompanied it. The literature which followed this holocaust has generally admitted that the three communities (Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs) involved in this collective madness suffered in comparatively similar circumstances and they each bear a certain degree of responsibility of their community's actions. The emphasis of my project has been to analyse the violence which tore open this multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, and then, to go beyond and concentrate on the issues of 'Dis-Location', Flight and Migration which took place as a direct result of Partition. Even after fifty years, this event continues to play a dominant and unmistakable role in the lives of people not only in the subcontinent but also of those in the Diaspora. Violence played a consequential role in the formation of Pakistan. In this dissertation, I have tried to explicate not only the metanarrative, but more importantly the marginalised or 'silenced' stories of Partition. Women, in particular, were targeted by the men of the three warring communities to bear the brunt of communal violence. I have also focused on the patriarchal notions of 'space' in which women are inscribed and their direct connection with the construction of a Nation as a State. I have also worked on the literature of Partition written by women to demonstrate a different set of priorities and mind-set than literature written by men. As most of the 14 million people who crossed the border from either side were illiterate, their stories are remembered and passed on through oral narratives. I travelled to Pakistan and collected stories from a number of survivors and examined the workings of memory, violence, remembrance and the politics of 'Orality'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: ML Literature on music ; PN Literature (General) ; AZ History of Scholarship. The Humanities ; CB History of civilization ; D History (General) ; LA History of education ; HM Sociology