Effeminism: The Economy of Colonial Desire

Effeminism: The Economy of Colonial Desire

by Revathi Krishnaswamy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472109758

ISBN-13: 9780472109753

Pub. Date: 03/01/1999

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

This book attempts to chart the flows of colonial desire in the works of British writers in India. Arguing that the Indo-British colonial encounter is based on an ideological opposition between masculinity and effeminacy, rather than on a more conventional distinction between masculinity and femininity, the book investigates masculinity as an overdetermined site on…  See more details below

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This book attempts to chart the flows of colonial desire in the works of British writers in India. Arguing that the Indo-British colonial encounter is based on an ideological opposition between masculinity and effeminacy, rather than on a more conventional distinction between masculinity and femininity, the book investigates masculinity as an overdetermined site on which the multiple axes of domination and subordination are simultaneously constituted and contested. Uncovering an intricate nexus among race, caste, class, gender, sexuality, nation, moral legitimacy and economic/political power - a nexus designated by the term effeminism - the study establishes the homosocial dynamics of colonial desire. This book will interest not only scholars of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature and colonial and postcolonial literatures, but also those working in the areas of cultural studies, gender studies, and South Asian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472109753
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

1Reading Colonial Erotics1
2The Economy of Colonial Desire15
3Manufacturing Masculinity53
4Imperial Feminism in an Age of Homosocial Colonialism: Flora Annie Steel's On the Face of the Waters71
5Cartographies of Homosocial Terror: Kipling's Gothic Tales and Kim101
6A Grammar of Colonial Desire: E. M. Forster's A Passage to India141
Conclusion165
Notes169
Index189

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