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.
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