The Refugee Woman: Partition of Bengal, Gender, and the Political

By: Paulomi Chakraborty

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The Refugee Woman examines the Partition of 1947 by engaging with the cultural imagination of the ‘refugee woman’ in West Bengal, particularly in three significant texts of the Partition of Bengal—Ritwik Ghatak’s film Meghe Dhaka Tara; and two novels, Jyotirmoyee Devi’s Epar Ganga, Opar Ganga and Sabitri Roy’s Swaralipi. It shows that the figure of the refugee woman, animated by the history of the political left and refugee movements, and shaped by powerful cultural narratives, can contest and reconstitute the very political imagination of ‘woman’ that emerged through the long history of dominant cultural nationalisms. The reading it offers elucidates some of the complexities of nationalist, communal, and communist gender-politics of a key period in post-independence Bengal. PRINTED PAGES: 314.

Title: The Refugee Woman: Partition of Bengal, Gender, and the Political

Author Name: Paulomi Chakraborty

Categories: India, Language and Literature,

Publisher: New Delhi, Oxford University Press: 2018

ISBN: 0199475032

ISBN 13: 9780199475032

Binding: Hardcover

Seller ID: 900645

Keywords: The Refugee Woman: Partition of Bengal, Gender, and the Political Paulomi Chakraborty