Edited By Jaspal K. Singh and Rajendra Chetty
A. Memory and the Construction of Identities 9
A. Memory and the Construction of Identities 1 South Asian Diaspora in Africa: Collective and Individual Memory in Fatima Meer’s and Sita Gandhi’s Texts JASPAL KAUR SINGH CONSIDERING COLLECTIVE and individual memory in Fatima Meer’s Prison Diary: One Hundred and Thirteen Days, 1976 (2001) and Sita Gandhi’s Sita—Memoirs of Sita Gandhi: Growing up in Phoenix in the Shadow of the Mahatma (2003), I will examine how the remembering subjects attempt to narrate their experience of trauma in order to become part of the nation’s social memory. If one’s memory and its narration are denied within cultural and social spaces, one cannot successfully belong to a nation, particularly if that memory is of a trauma inflicted by the nation-state. How do the marginalized and traumatized South African subjects in an apartheid and post- apartheid space reconstitute and narrate their identity in order to belong to a nation, if not through literature and story-telling? Fatima Meer, who was imprisoned during the apartheid era in South Africa for her anti-apartheid campaign, wrote her dairy, Prison Diary: One Hundred and Thirteen Days, 1976. Meer was born in Grey Street in Durban on August 28, 1928. Her Indian-born father Moosa Meer was the editor of Indian Reviews, which was predominantly read by the Gujarati Muslim community in South Africa. The weekly was aimed at issues pertaining to the struggles of Indians against British 12 MEMORY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITIES colonialism. Her mother, Rachel Ferrell, of Jewish and Portuguese descent, converted to Islam and...
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