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Forgiveness: Between Memory and History

 
Jasbir Jain (Author) Golden Jubilee Series
Synopsis

Forgiveness: Between Memory and History is a work that has risen out of a felt need of our times where violence and forgiveness. The Western discourse going beyond the religious has located forgiveness in legal and historical issues, but the Eastern tradition have commented both on its underlying presence and its surface realization. Working with religious and cultural pasts, the present work asks the questions: what happens when forgiveness enters political discourse, compelling it to recognize the presence of inequality, power, guilt, justice and memory, and can it or can it not intervene in the narrative of history. Recognising the fluidity of both time and memory, it further looks at some contemporary happenings and creative works which have risen above the violent events and found a way of forgiving. Forgiveness does not invariably link itself with forgetting – one can remember and yet forgive. It is an ethical attitude where the individual consciousness and relationship rise above political differences and contribute to the recognition of the Other. Difficult but not impossible, forgiveness merits attention and is the need of our times.

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About the author

Jasbir Jain

Jasbir Jain, writer and critic, Emeritus Fellow, university of Rajasthan, has worked extensively on the Indian novel. Amongst her recent publications are Women in Patriarchy and gendered realities, Human Spaces: The present work is third in a series of writings on the Indian novel and covers the post-independence period. Currently, she is working on the indigenous roots of feminism.

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Bibliographic information

Title Forgiveness: Between Memory and History
Author Jasbir Jain
Format Softcover
Date published: 02.06.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789382396376
length xiii+93p., 23cm.