Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Future Life of TraumaPartitions, Borders, Repetition$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jennifer Yusin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275458

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275458.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021

Whither Partition?

Whither Partition?

(p.83) Chapter 3 Whither Partition?
The Future Life of Trauma

Jennifer Yusin

Fordham University Press

This division constructs a dialogue between the materiality of trauma and the postcolonial condition through a sustained focus on the establishment of new geographical borders during the 1947 Partition of British India. The border is treated as an assigned place without proper destination. The chapter pays particular attention to the ways in which the temporality and formation of forms of nation during the Partition situate the living being and subject as the center of interaction to the extent it challenges the western tradition’s ideological tendency to assume life as irremediably divided between its symbolic and empirical, material aspects. The case of the Partition makes clear that the event as it is governed by the axiological principle of the “always already” in the psychoanalytic conception of trauma is overcome by the emergence of partition as another regime of events that asserts a coincidence between the material and symbolic domains of life.

Keywords:   border, India, materialism, Pakistan, partition, postcolonial

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .