Twins and Nations: Tales of Cultural Divides
In 1997 a television news item signalling the fiftieth anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan included a cameo piece: twin brothers, long separated by the border, were reunited to blow out the candles on their fiftieth birthday cake.1 A perfect coincidence, of course, but also a perfect illustration of the way in which twins are so readily called upon to represent divided nations. The divisions in question may be across or within borders: external (a nation divided from its neighbour, as in this example) or internal (a nation fractured by political, ethnic or class divisions).
KeywordsCultural Identity Identical Twin Fraternal Twin Contemporary Literature Twin Brother
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