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Metaphor, Memory, Myth: Recasting Partition as in Salil Choudhury, Manas Ray, Helene Cixous

It was only in the 1980s that the pall of silence that had stifled the recounting of Partition experiences appeared to break. Different types of recollections and articulations began to appear in different media along with debates and discussions. This paper studies three texts: a short story by Salil Choudhury titled 'The Dressing Table' (1947) that memorialises the aftermath of the communal riots of 1946; a memoir by Manas Ray titled 'Growing Up Refugee' (2002) that encapsulates the sentiments of the survivors of the post-Partition violence who were forced to flee their homes to seek "refuge" elsewhere and a play by Helene Cixous titled L`Indiade ou l`Inde de leurs rêves (1987), which reflects upon "the paradoxes of fidelity" made apparent by the political crisis of the Partition.
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