HIS 350L • Partitn of India in Hist/Lit-W
The partition of India in 1947 that produced the two independent states of India and Pakistan, also resulted in a tremendous displacement of populations and the deaths of approximately one million people. Understanding how this came about, what happened, why it happened, and how it affected the lives of millions of people, is extremely important in understanding the modern history of India and Pakistan, relations between the two states, and the phenomenon of de-colonization in general. The partition has given rise to a great deal of creative literature, inspired by the events of the partition or by the lives of those who experienced it. In this seminar, we will read and discuss works of history, analyses of the events leading up to and during the Partition, and we will also read and analyze the works of creative literature (and possibly films) that were inspired by it.
Percentages for the grade: class participation and discussion: 20%; 2 shorter papers, 25% each; research paper 30%.
Textbooks: a selection from the following: Gyanendra Pandey, The Partition Remembered Mushirul Hasan, ed., India's Partition Ritu Menon and Kamla Bhasin, Borders and Boundaries Urvashi Butalia, The Other Side of Silence Khushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan Bapsi Sidhwa, Cracking India Saadat Hasan Manto, Partition Sketches and Stories Alok Bhalla, ed., Stories About the Partition of India