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THE GAME OF DISAPPEARANCE AND RETURN: RANAJIT GUHA’S CASE FOR HISTORICALITY IN HISTORY AT THE LIMITS OF WORLD HISTORY

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International Journal of History and Research(IJHR)ISSN 2249-6963Vol.2, Issue 1 June 2012 20-31 TJPRC Pvt. Ltd.,THE GAME OF DISAPPEARANCE AND RETURN:RANAJIT GUHAS CASE FOR HISTORICALITY INHISTORY AT THE LIMITS OF WORLD HISTORYVINOD BALAKRISHNANAssociate Professor, Department of Humanities,National Institute OfTechnology, Tiruchirappalli ,Tamilnadu , India.ABSTRACTRanajit Guha's Italian Memorial lectures collected in "History at theLimits of World History" is both a message and a manoeuver. The message isabout the truth claims of History that Guha establishes as untenable. He achievesthis end by performing a deft polemical manoeuver using archival material tojustify T.S. Eliot's idea that History has "many cunning passages." To prove hispoint Guha exposes the historical judgement of Hegel with respect to India- Noprose, so, no history- as harsh, unfounded and irrational. Further, Guha preparesthe ground for the writer who uses history to move from Historiography toHistoricality. The deliberate inaccuracies that Rushdie uses in "Midnight'sChildren" and Tagore's transformation of quotidian events into pregnant literarymoments are elucidated to suggest the province of historicality. The argument inthe essay is built on the Freudian idea that obtains in "Beyond the PleasurePrinciple" about the child's game of 'the mother's disappearance' and 'her return."The writer who deploys historical material in fiction is not writing history butcreating a fict

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