Antoinette Burton

in Dwelling in the Archive

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195144253
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871919 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the narratives of Attia Hosain. It discusses that in order to understand the cultural and political meanings of memory in moments of crisis such as partition, the discursive forms that they took must be seen as more than merely incidental. It explains that these are in fact the very matétiel of memory, especially where remembering is a kind of defensive posture, designed to keep the past in place as to bring it forth into the present — and especially when the conventional historical archive has little to offer by way of insight into women's experiences of partition. It adds that if memory is as much an art as a social and cultural practice, then an examination of its architectural idioms offers one way of getting at the complex relationship of material culture to aesthetic practice, and in turn, of aesthetics to the historical imagination.

Keywords: Attia Hosain; memory; partition; aesthetics; women; architectural idiom

Chapter.  15823 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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