Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

'One Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Rounds’: Colonial Violence in the Representations of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Joel Kuortti


The Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919 paved way for the independence of India and Pakistan. The paper looks at the narrative strategies of representing the incident in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What the Body Remembers. How do these texts engage with the colonial political situation? How do the two writers see the repercussions of the incident for the time of their narratives?

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