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Amritjit Singh is Langston Hughes Professor of English & African American Studies
at Ohio University.
Nalini Iyer is professor of English at Seattle University.
Rahul K. Gairola is assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India.
Section I: Approaches to Partition
Chapter 1. “Specters of Democracy/The Gender of Specters: Cultural Memory and the Indian Partition” - Radhika Mohanram
Chapter 2. “Lost Homes, Shifting Borders and the Search For Belonging” - Jasbir Jain
Chapter 3. “A Will to Say or Unsay: Female Silences and Discursive Interventions in Partition Narratives” - Parvinder Mehta
Chapter 4. “Migrations in Absentia: Multinational Digital Advertising and Manipulation of Partition Trauma - Rahul. K. Gairola
Section II: Nations and NarrationsChapter 5. “Exorcizing the Ghosts of Times Past: Partition Memoirs as Testimony” - Tarun K. SaintChapter 6. “Difficult Choices: Work, Family, and Displaced Women in Partition Writings” - Debali Mookerjea-Leonard
Chapter 7. “Refugees as Homo Sacers: Partition and the National Imaginary in The Hungry Tide” - Amrita Ghosh
Section III. Borders and BorderlandsChapter 8. “Property, Violence and Displacement: Partition in Sindh” - Nandita BhavnaniChapter 9. “The Long Shadow of 1947: Partition, Violence and Displacement in Jammu and Kashmir” - Ilyas Chattha
Chapter 10. “From Frontiers to Borders: Partition and the Production of Marginal Spaces in North East India” - Babyrani YumnamChapter 11. “Looking East: Melodramatic Narrative, Ecotheater and the ‘Forgotten Long March’ in Jangam.” - Amit R. Baishya Section IV. From Pakistan to BangladeshChapter 12. “The Never-Ending Partition: Pakistan’s Self-Identification Dilemma”- Amber Fatima Riaz
Chapter 13. “Partition and the Bangladeshi Literary Response” - Kaiser HaqChapter 14. “Cosmopolitan Aesthetics in Shakeel Adil Zada’s Baazigar”- Masood A. Raja
Chapter 15. “The Nexus of Class, Identity and Politics in the Representational Economy of Partition: The Case of Hasan Azizul Huq” - Mohd. Rezaul HaqueChapter 16. “Partition and Beyond: Intizar Husain’s Quest for Meaning and Vision” - Tasneem Shahnaaz and Amritjit Singh
Section V. Partitions WithinChapter 17. “Buckle in the Hindu Belt: Contemporary Hindu-Muslim Violence and the Legacy of Partition in Banaras” - Jeremy A. RinkerChapter 18. “Hyderabad, Partition, and Hindutva: Strategic Revisitings in Neelkanth’s ‘Durga’ (2005)” - Nazia AkhtarChapter 19. “Partition’s Others: The View from South India” - Nalini Iyer
Adding to the richness of this trove is Revisiting India’s Partition, a newly released essay collection containing 19 pieces…. These accomplished essays, despite their academic leanings, can benefit serious readers in furthering their knowledge of the subcontinent or be used as reference material.
— International Examiner
The comprehensive introductory essay by the editors and the nineteen essays by scholars of literature, sociology, law, and peace and conflict studies underscore the far-reaching implications of Partition and 'the legacy of decolonization in South Asia.’ Singh, Iyer, and Gairola write a concise but provocative overview of the event itself and the ensuing seven decades. . . .Revisiting India’s Partition offers an important intervention against forgetting or revising history; and is this, the volume stands as a memorial of India’s Partition and its seven decades of aftershocks on the subcontinent and beyond.
— South Asian Review
For scholars and students alike, Revisiting India’s Partitionwill remain as a key reference in the field, as well as generate questions and scholarly trajectories for the next generation of scholars brave enough to venture into studies of the long partition.
— Canadian Journal of History
Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture and Politics, edited by Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola, is a timely reminder of the 1947 Partition of India, filling several lacunae and expanding the growing field of Partition Studies. This magisterial volume is comprehensive in its spatial, temporal, and theoretical coverage of the multiple meanings and dimensions of Partition.... The book also breaks new ground through its engagement with the many Partitions prior to and after 1947.... The volume offers original insights into the effects of the Long Partition, including new essays on both canonical and more contemporary writers who have grappled with Partition.... All the essays are extraordinary in some way: in their engagement with uncharted dimensions of canonical fiction, their bringing to light of new writers who were not directly involved with documenting the Partition trauma, or in their movement into new territories such as graphic narratives.
— Journal of Sikh & Punjab Studies
[A] fine addition to the corpus of Partition scholarship. . . . [T]he book significantly expands our understanding. . . .The collection also ventures in some new directions, and in so doing proves itself a welcome portent of the scholarship likely to emerge as scholarly attention mutates and new nuances are introduced. . . . [W]hat Revisiting India’s Partition manages to do certainly merits serious attention from readers.
— The Hindu
The many essays collected in this volume demonstrate the expanding scope of scholarly inquiry into the afterlives of the Partition of British India. They range across new territories and texts, explore less-known archives, and argue for the generative importance of the nation-making and nation-breaking events of 1947. Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics is a valuable addition to the growing corpus of Partition studies.
— Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
Building on earlier works by Mushiral Hasan, Vazira Zamindar, Urvashi Butalia, Alok Bhalla, and others, this provocative collection of nineteen interdisciplinary essays uses the hermeneutic lens of the Long Partition to demonstrate the ‘messy identities’ in today’s descendants of the various ‘looking-glass borders’ attendant upon 1947. Drawing on trauma studies and oral narratives—and alert to the ongoing ramifications far beyond the Punjab and Bengal—this welcome consideration of collective memories and new art forms gives voice to women, ethno-religious minorities, and other marginalized populations. The book should prove to be a significant addition to South Asian studies.
— John C. Hawley, Santa Clara University
In this highly commendable volume, the editors have collected critically alert and morally engaged essays about the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent in 1947 and its long term political and social consequences. The contributors make sophisticated and judicious use of different critical theories to offer intelligent readings of several Partition novels and films. The book is especially welcome for its well researched historical accounts of regions like Sindh, Kashmir and the Northeast that were also scarred by violent events but have received little scholarly attention.
— Alok Bhalla, author of Stories About the Partition of India (4 volumes) and Partition Dialogues: Memories of a Lost Home.