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Narratives of Partition - Single View

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Type of Course Seminar Long text
Number 092706 Short text
Term SS 2018 Hours per week in term 2
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Max. participants 27
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Language english
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Englisches Seminar
Fachbereich 09 Philologie
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Wed. 14:00 to 16:00 weekly Johannisstr. 12-20 - ES 130        
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Tronicke, Marlena, Dr. responsible
Graduation - Curricula Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Bachelor HRSGe - Englisch (LH 049 11) -
Bachelor Grundschulen - Englisch (LG 049 11) -
Bachelor Berufskollegs - Englisch (LF 049 11) -
Zwei-Fach-Bachelor - Anglistik / Amerikanistik (L2 941 11) -
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16001 Literary and Cultural Studies Level II - Zwei-Fach-Bachelor Anglistik/Amerikanistik Version 2011
16001 Literary and Cultural Studies Level II - Bachelor Berufskollegs Englisch Version 2011
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Fachbereich 09 Philologie

The 1947 partitioning of British-ruled India into India and Pakistan marked the most incisive and traumatic moment in the history of the continent. Planned and carried out catastrophically by the British, it caused political upheaval, violence, and a gigantic wave of migration. An estimate of 14–16 million people were displaced along religious lines, with the Muslim population heading towards Pakistan and Hindu and Sikhs towards India. Along with mass migration came contagious diseases and hate crimes against members of other communities, many of them directed at women. It is difficult to say how many people lost their lives in the aftermath of partition, but estimates range from 200,000 to no less than two million.

In this course, we will look at literary portrayals of this most crucial of moments in the history of India and Pakistan, trying to examine the ways in which such an event affects the souls of an entire continent, individual nations, and families. Unsurprisingly, these accounts will look rather different depending on whose point of view they are presented from. For this reason, we will discuss texts by British authors alongside those by Pakistani and Indian authors, trying to get a sense of how ‘history’ is constructed and narrated. In addition, we will examine the ways in which Indian partition speaks to twenty-first-century contexts of religious fundamentalism, nationalism, and terrorism.


Students are expected to prepare two plays and one novel:

  • Howard Brenton, Drawing the Line. London: Nick Hern Books, 2014.
  • Tanika Gupta, Lions and Tigers. London: Oberon Books, 2017.
  • Singh Khushwant, Train to Pakistan (any edition) 

Further materials, specifically films and short stories, will be announced in the first session.


There will be no preliminary meeting; further information will be distributed via email. Please note that the seminar will start in the second week of term, i.e. on 18 April 2018.

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