Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India

Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India

by Subhabrata Bhattacharyya
     
 

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A flamboyantly eclectic anthology that explodes several current myths about lines that divide-the heterosexual from the homosexual, the normative from the 'alternative', the phobic from the obsessive, the moral from the titillating, the academic from the activist-and brings together a stunning array of serious, committed writing about what is both most visible and

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A flamboyantly eclectic anthology that explodes several current myths about lines that divide-the heterosexual from the homosexual, the normative from the 'alternative', the phobic from the obsessive, the moral from the titillating, the academic from the activist-and brings together a stunning array of serious, committed writing about what is both most visible and most hidden in our lives, our sexualities. While our social and cultural lives are determined by a fairly universal heterosexual normative code, this collection argues that it is imperative to recognize multiple sites and discourses as equally valid; it 'outs' the 'alternative'. It is constructed on the premise that it is time to foreground those sexual choices and identities that are counter-hetero-normative as the sites at which the most significant politics are being played out.

This anthology captures the complex issues, theories, contexts and debates crowding the sexualities arena in contemporary Indian social studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905422135
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Brinda Bose teaches in the Department of English, Hindu College, Delhi University, and is co-director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Research, New Delhi. She has edited Translating Desire: The Politics of Gender and Culture in India.

Subhabrata Bhatt is Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a member of the English Department, at Surendranath College, Calcutta University.

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