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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

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

Christi A. Merrill

Fordham University Press

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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