By many accounts, the Partition of India in 1947 is the single most catastrophic event in modern South Asian history. This event, precipitated by a hasty decision on the part of the deposed British to carve Pakistan out of India, still has huge consequences in the region.  Readings will include fiction, first-person accounts, essays, and historical writings.  These, along with a number of films and documentaries, will help us make sense of the causes and consequences of this momentous event.  Their stories will illustrate not only the violence of Partition, but also the psychological and emotional effects on ordinary people who lived through it.  To conclude, we will reflect upon how Partition still affects regional politics and exacerbates communal tensions today.

Gen Eds: HS, BN, GL