Spectres of Partition: A Postcolonial Reading of Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day
Abstract: Anita Desai’s much admired novel Clear Light of Day unravels in the context
of Indian partition and depicts a familial situation before and after the epic event. She illuminates
the protagonist Bim’s inner struggle to reconciliate between a colonial past and a sovereign
present. The novel easily falls into the category of Postcolonial Gothic as Desai subverts the
archetypal western Gothic tradition as a means of postcolonial resistance. This papers aims to
analyze the multiple Gothic tropes employed in the narrative and to underscore the strategies
used by the writer to debunk them.