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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Trauma Re-lived: Reading Amrita Pritam’s Pinjar/The Skeleton
Ms. Mansi Chauhan, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
KSKV Kachchh University, 
Bhuj, Gujarat, India
Abstract
The proposed research paper aims to link the trauma of gender with the politics of partition by examining Pinjar which stands as a ‘witness’ of the violent division. This novelette which is written by an applauded Punjabi writer and poet Amrita Pritam, has always been viewed as a seminal text that puts forward the gendered violence and traumatized ‘self’ of women during the “August Anarchy”. This paper critically explores the ways in which the destiny of its protagonist Puro eventually becomes the fate of thousands of women at the time of partition. Puro’s life was re-lived by countless women during the partition and the post-partition period and ultimately her story becomes the history of a nation.
Keywords
Partition; Gendered Violence; Amrita Pritam; Pinjar; The Skeleton; Puro.
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