The rani of sirmur an essay in reading the archives
While recognizing that silences are inherent in the creation and management of sources, Bastian emphasizes the need to identify the socio-historical context of a record and to expand our definition of records to encompass radical forms such as memory texts and embodied performance. Post-colonialism is all about uncovering the voice of the marginalised in the fault lines and interstices of official history, however, here we find the reverse: in a satisfying poetic justice of sorts, it is within the fonds of a residential school survivor that we find the traces of the dominant discourse, subsumed under the voice of Beverley Brown. Item a While the government has actively sought to record and contentiously retain the oral testimonies of res school survivors, there has not been much of an effort to hear from the perpetrators as individuals. Perhaps there were, and these were unsuccessful.
Sign in Create an account. Syntax Advanced Search. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. History and Theory 24 3 A "reading" of archival material on the Rani of Sirmur shows the soldiers and administrators of the East India Company constructing the object of representations that becomes the reality of India.
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One of the major difficulties with consolidating a figure from the British nineteenth century in India as an object of knowledge is that British India is now being painstakingly constructed as a cultural commodity with a dubious function. The deepening of the international division of labor as a result of the new micro-electronic capitalism, the proliferation of worldwide neocolonial aggression, and the possibility of nuclear holocaust encroach upon the constitution of the everyday life of the Anglo-US. The records I read show the soldiers and administrators of the East India Company constructing the object of representations that becomes the reality of India. The transference-situation in analysis is one where the tug-of-war of desire is at work on both sides-on the part of both the analysand and the analyst.