Kashmir's Necropolis: New Literatures and Visual Texts is an interdisciplinary book that studies literary texts, film, photography, and art to understand the different forms of violence represented in the cultural productions from and on Kashmir. The author argues that selected texts present how the long conflict in the postcolonial nation-state transforms the Kashmiri body, the space, setting, the relationship between the subject and its natural world under different forms of violence. Each chapter showcases a form of representational and textual violence that emphasizes the shifts from biopolitical to necropolitical violence and also includes specific forms of violence such as epicolonialism, horrorism, and hauntings in Kashmir’s landscape. The book also delves into how the concepts of agency, resistance, and resilience in these different texts necessitate new poetics of looking at Kashmir. The conflicted space of Kashmir has always been located within the politics of representation and this book investigates a problem in taxonomy within postcolonial discourses to articulate unique forms of violence in such a conflicted space.
Amrita Ghosh is assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida.
Introduction: Kashmir and the Optics of Violence
Chapter 1: From Biopolitics to Necropolitics: Reading Violence in The Collaborator and Curfewed Night
Chapter 2: Narratives Of ‘Horrorism’: Postcolonial Violence and Horror in The Night of Broken Glass
Chapter 3: Haider: Rewriting Shakespearean Ghosts into Postcolonial Specters in Kashmir
Chapter 4: “This is a Troubled Place”—The Kashmir Shawl and the Violence of ‘Epicolonialism’
Chapter 5: Alegropolitics, Syndesis and Postcolonial Bildungsroman: The Garden of Solitude & Tiger Ladies
Chapter 6: ‘Representing-Agency,’ Infra-Politics and Visual Cultures: Kashmiri Women in Images, 1947 to Present
Conclusion: Kashmir and the Uncanny
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