Sectarian and Sexual Lines in Indian Writing in English
Chapter 3: The Overall Situation and the Issues
← 18 | 19 →CHAPTER 3
The Overall Situation and the Issues
The study of Partition literature is starting to flourish, but it lacks unity without a systematic and comprehensive study. There are far more articles on individual novels than comprehensive studies of Partition literature. A few scholars have attempted a comprehensive view of this field, but many tend to focus on such novels as Midnight’s Children, Shadow Lines, Looking Through Glass, and The Great Indian Novel only from historical perspectives, and Ice-Candy-Man only from a gender perspective. What we need is a study which maps each text in the context of a comprehensive history of Partition literature. In fact, no consensus has yet been reached on the question of which works can be called Partition novels. I aim to rectify this.
An Outline of Partition Novels
In Part II, a comprehensive outline of Partition novels in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh written in English, and English translations of those written in regional languages, will be attempted. I will discuss some major works in detail: Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice-Candy-Man (Chapter 6), Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines (Chapter 7), Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (Chapter 8), and Meena Arora Nayak’s About Daddy (Chapter 9). I also deal with Sujata Sabnis’s A Twist in Destiny in comparison with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s memoir India Wins Freedom (Chapter 10).
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.