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Hieroglyphs and Broken Links: Remediated Script and Partition Effects in Pakistan

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Abstract:

This article argues for a movement away from narrative forms as a source for studying Partition and its legacy of 'Partition effects', proposing instead that Partition studies examine non-narrative forms of cultural production. It begins this task by examining the 'remediation', or visual quotation, of script within Pakistani visual art. Script – readable and unreadable – becomes a site of trauma and memorialization that reveals the affective history of post-Partition Pakistan, specifically that of Karachi and Sindh. By analysing and historicizing examples of remediated script, this article espouses a post-Partition cultural studies that privileges primary material from Pakistan over that from India.

Keywords: CALLIGRAPHY; PAKISTAN; PARTITION; SCRIPT; VISUAL ART

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147800409X466308

Affiliations: Leeds University

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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