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Title: The haunted city : spectres of colonial past in Vandana Singh's "Delhi"
Authors: Podruczna, Agnieszka
Keywords: postcolonial studies; hauntology; writing back; postcolonial haunting; urban space; historical narrative
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: "Theoria et Historia Scientarum" T. 14 (2017), s. 111-121
Abstract: Even though the British colonial rule over India ended in 1947, its spectres haunt the nation until this day. Since then, Indian postcolonial writing—both of the realist and fantastic kind—has attempted to reconcile the past of the nation with its present, addressing the legacy of the haunting spectres of the colonial rule. With that in mind, the following article seeks to explore the way in which Vandana Singh, in her short story “Delhi,” engages in a discussion concerning the intersection between spectral hauntings of the colonial past and the counter-discursive, revisionist practice of reclaiming and rewriting the colonial narrative by the Othered subject personified by the protagonist. Adopting the postcolonial discourse as well as theory of science fiction as the primary methodological framework, the paper argues that for Singh, the act of haunting facilitates reclamation of the lost history and memories of the city and ultimately contributes to the revision of the colonial account. Thus, in Singh’s “Delhi,” the spectres of the past become liminal, incorporeal entities, no longer confined to the sphere of abstraction and metaphor, enabling the postcolonial act of writing back.
DOI: 10.12775/ths.2017.008
ISSN: 2392-1196
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