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A Reading of Violence in Partition Stories from Bengal

Choudhury, Suranjana
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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"This book engages with diverse modes of representations of Partition violence and its consequences in a selection of Partition narratives from Bengal. Violence constitutes one of the most obvious images of this traumatic period in Indian history. Its dynamics of representation―the nature of violence, its impact on society and the individual, the forms of its socio cultural and political implanting―invariably highlight the aesthetic sensibility of its writers. The book questions if it is possible to qualify violence with all its complexities, and examines how these narratives offer a critique of historical and political engagements with violence. The experiences of suffering, pain, trauma, affliction, torture, fear and betrayal are also constituted within the structural analysis of violence."