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Gendered spectre: Trauma, cultural memory and the Indian Partition

Mohanram, Radhika 2011. Gendered spectre: Trauma, cultural memory and the Indian Partition. Cultural Studies 25 (6) , pp. 917-934. 10.1080/09502386.2011.575263

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The focus of this essay is gendered collective memory of the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, at the time of Independence from British rule. The essay addresses the question of whether there are similarities between trauma studies that developed within a Western Freudian psychoanalytic framework and the anti-colonial theory practiced by decolonizing nations. Taking two women's texts, the essay examines how gender manifests itself within the framework of trauma and how it is played out in collective memory of partition. The texts chosen raise interesting questions about gender, trauma and the nation and provide an alternative non-Western framework through which the trauma of partition can be read. The essay points to how the category of memory and its meanings vary in their national, cultural and historical specificity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indian partition, trauma, gender, post-colonial theory, nation
Additional Information: Special Issue: Memory Politics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0950-2386
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 02:53

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