chapter  5
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Feminine écriture, trace objects and the death of Braj


Some problems in theorizing unarchived histories For postcolonial philology and history, the examination of unarchived histories carries a certain poignancy and urgency. It bears the burden of providing historical explanations for some of the most intractable and opaque events of violence that have formed linguistic identities and gender identities. Recent criticism of postcolonial theory as encouraging an unexamined and indiscriminate predilection for “making the British the whipping boy” in colonial studies misreads the rage for historical understanding and memory that constitutes a greater part of postcolonial desire, a rage and a longing that drives the theory and praxis of new work on South Asian literary cultures.