Object to Abject: A Kristevan Take on Amrita Pritam’s ‘The Skeleton’

Authors

  • Dr. Paramita Halder Assistant Professor Sir GurudasMahavidyalaya, Affiliated to The University of Calcutta Kolkata, India

Abstract

Women in Partition, identified as objects on which nationalist ethos are inscribed, marked as totems of societal pride, swept in multiple victimization and inflicted with unparalleled trauma, demand a space in the gendered historical discourse. From being the nation’s most valued possession the fallen woman becomes abject, the impure other. Different exegeses of this story abound in writings on Partition, in stories, novels, oral narratives, memoirs andwith each interpretation subtle aspects of the sagaare endlessly queried.  This article investigates how the fallen woman in Partition are rendered‘abject’with reference to Amrita Pritam’s novel The Skeleton, translated from her original Punjabi one, Pinjar, (1950)and Julia Kristeva’s seminal work, ‘Approaching Abjection’, in Powers of Horror. (1982)

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Published

2018-07-28