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The 1940s: Reading

Seminar Reading

Joya Chatterji, '"Dispersal' and the Failure of Rehabilitation: Refugee Camp-Dwellers and Squatters in West Bengal.' Modern Asian Studies (2007) 41, (5): 955-1032.

 Other background reading on the partition of India and Pakistan

Jalal and Bose, Modern South Asia (Chapters 16 & 17)

Ramachandra Guha, India after Gandhi (Chapters 1-6)

Yasmin Khan, "Asking New Questions about the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent." History Compass (2004) 2.

Mohammad Mahbubar Rahman and Willen van Schendel, '"I am not a refugee": Rethinking Partition Migration.' Modern Asian Studies (2003) 37 (3): 551-584.

Gyanendra Pandey, Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Gyanendra Pandey, “The Prose of Otherness”, in David Arnold and David Hardiman (eds), Subaltern Studies VIII: Essays in Honour of Ranajit Guha (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994), pp. 188-221.

Veena Das, Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007).

Mushirul Hasan (ed), India's Partition: Process, Strategy and Mobilization (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1993).

Mushirul Hasan (ed), Inventing Boundaries: Gender, Politics and the Partition of India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Gyanendra Pandey, The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Sadat Hasaan Manto, Kingdom’s End and Other Stories (London: Verso, 1987)

Sadat Hasan Manto, Memories of Madness: Stories of 1947 (Delhi and New York: Penguin, 2002).

R. M. George, "(Extra)Ordinary Violence: National Literatures, Diasporic Aesthetics, and the Politics of Gender in South Asian Partition Fiction." Signs 33, 1 (2007): 135-158.

Reading on the Bengal Famine of 1942 and World War Two in India

Paul Greenough, Prosperity and Misery in Modern Bengal: The Famine of 1943-44 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982).