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

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A flamboyantly eclectic anthology that explodes the myths about the lines which divide us - 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. The Phobic and the Erotic 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 code, this anthology argues that it is imperative to recognize multiple sites and discourses as equally valid. It ‘outs’ the ‘alternative’. 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, The Phobic and the Erotic captures the complex issues, theories, contexts and debates crowding the sexualities arena in contemporary Indian society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905422142
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 518
  • Sales rank: 1,248,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.50 (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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

Preludes Aveek Sen 1

In Theory

Approaching the Present The Pre-text: The Fire Controversy Sibaji Bandyopadhyay 17

A Case of Radical Kinship: Edward Carpenter and the Politics of Anti-Colonial Sexual Dissidence Leela Gandhi 91

Queering Culture Studies: Notes towards a Framework Pramod K. Nayar 117

Sexuality and Globalization Dennis Altman 149

Us 'Sexuality Types': A Critical Engagement with the Postcoloniality of Sexuality akshay khanna 159

Risky Lives Geeta Patel 201

The Prurient Postcolonial: The Legal Regulation of Sexual Speech Ratna Kapur 235

In Context

No Shortcuts to Queer Utopia: Sodomy, Law and Social Change Aravind Narrain 255

The Lesbian Standpoint Ranjita Biswas 263

Putting the 'B' Back in LGBT: Bisexuality, Queer Politics and HIV/AIDS Discourse L. Ramakrishnan 291

Sexual Differences and Their Discontents: Shifting Contexts of 'Thirdness' in Hyderabad Gayatri Reddy 301

Double Minorities: The Experience of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Indians in the Diaspora Sandip Roy 323

In Practice

Section 377: How Natural is Normal? Nivedita Menon 339

'Living the Way We Want': Same-Sex Marriage in India Ruth Vanita 342

Sappho: A Journey through Fire Akanksha Malobika 363

Rights for the Third Gender: Problems of Identity and Recognition Bhaswati Chakravorty 369

Kothis versus Other MSM: Identity versus Behaviour in the Chicken and Egg Paradox Ashok Row Kavi 391

(Dis)locating Male-to-Male Sexualities in Calcutta: Subject, Space and Perception Paul Boyce 399

In Representation

False Appearances and Mistaken Identities: The Phobic andthe Erotic in Bombay Cinema's Queer Vision Shobini Ghosh 417

The Desiring Subject: Female Pleasures and Feminist Resistance in Deepa Mehta's Fire Brinda Bose 437

Challenging the Heteronorm in Art: Amrita Sher-Gil and Bhupen Khakhar Georgina Maddox 451

Agha Shahid Ali's Kashmir and the Gay Nation Hoshang Merchant 465

East-West Myth/Making in Suniti Namjoshi's Feminist-Lesbian Fables Shivani Mutneja 471

Playing Woman, Playing Power: Performing the Goddess. A Reading of a Documentary on Chapal Bhaduri Anuradha Ghosh 477

Notes on Contributors 483

Index 489

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