HomeEasy to StartB.Tech Semester VHS 323 Literature, Memory and History

The aim of this module is to examine the literary representations of memory and memory-loss in selected works of English literature. The module will juxtapose literary studies with recent works on memory studies and trauma studies and will offer a complex reading of the remembering human mind. It will investigate the relationship between personal embodied memory and archived collective memory related to real historical events of violence and loss, with special reference to the First and Second World Wars and 1947 Partition. The module will aim to study how historical events are reflected as well as refracted through the lenses of literature and literary narratives which offer complex representations of memory, fabulation and self-preservation through storytelling.

Course Content:

Understanding the unique role of literature and literary languages in representing memory; reliable and unreliable memory; personal and collective memory; history and his-story: the differences and departures; memory, memory-loss and trauma; memory, fabulation and self-preservation; memory and storytelling.


1. Saadat Hasan Manto, “Toba Tek Singh”. Bitter Fruit. Ed. Khalid Hasan. New York: Penguin, 2004.

2. Katherine Mansfield, “The Fly”. The Stories of Katherine Mansfield. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1984.

3. Art Spiegelman, MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale. London: Penguin, 2003.

4. Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lines. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.


1. Anne Whitehead, Memory. London: Routledge, 2009.

2. Douwe Draaisma, Metaphors of Memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

3. Gyanendra Pandey, Remembering Partition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

4. Paul Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.


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