1947, 1971 AND MODERN SOUTH ASIA
Ananya Jahanara Kabir
Rs 475 Hb 2013
(Bangladeshi rights sold. All others available.)
The Partition of British India in 1947 into the new nations of India
and Pakistan, and the transformation of East Pakistan into a third nation,
Bangladesh, in 1971, were events marked by violence, displacements and
In her brilliant new book, Ananya Jahanara Kabir discusses
their impact three decades later, on contemporary cultural producers
from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Literary texts, archaeological digs,
photographs, maps and other memorabilia are woven together to present a
groundbreaking consideration of Partition.
Kabir's account departs from previous Partition scholarship by
arguing for 1947 and 1971 as linked epochal events; by excavating the
connections between violence, memory, melancholia and modernity; and by
dialoguing with recent developments in Holocaust Studies to bring considerations
of family, inter-generational dialogue, and subjectivity to a new memory
studies of South Asia.
is Professor of English Literature,
King's College, London. She is the author of
Paradise, Death and Doomsday in Anglo-Saxon Literature and
Territory of Desire: Representing the Valley of Kashmir.