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Riddles of BelongingIndia in Translation and Other Tales of Possession$
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Christi A. Merrill

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229550

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.001.0001

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A Divided Sense

A Divided Sense

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(p.168) Four: A Divided Sense
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Riddles of Belonging
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Christi A. Merrill

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.003.0005

One cannot ignore the brutal facts of the violent events leading up to and following Partition that have made the story so meaningful to people half a century later. At the same time, one must acknowledge that it is not entirely the real-life situation referenced, but the way these experiences have been translated that has so captured people's imaginations. To find a more flexible and heterogeneous rubric for understanding these translations in postcolonial politics, one might look to Shankar's distinction between a vernacular and a transnational postcolonialism so that one might begin interrogating the assumption that such translations must be understood in the modern, nationalist terms that can only read multiplicity as exemplary of a postlapsarian, post-fall-of-the-Tower-of-Babel narrative of chaotic destruction.

Keywords:   rubric, postcolonialism, multiplicity, postlapsarian, translations, postcolonial politics

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