Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society / Edition 1

Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society / Edition 1

by Ruth Vanita
     
 

Queering India is the first book to provide an understanding of same-sex love and eroticism in Indian culture and society. The essays focus on pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial gay and lesbian life in India to provide a comprehensive look at a much neglected topic. The topics are wide-ranging, considering film, literature, popular culture, historical

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Queering India is the first book to provide an understanding of same-sex love and eroticism in Indian culture and society. The essays focus on pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial gay and lesbian life in India to provide a comprehensive look at a much neglected topic. The topics are wide-ranging, considering film, literature, popular culture, historical and religious texts, law and other aspects of life in India. Specifically, the essays cover such issues as Deepa Mehta's recent and controversial film, Fire, which focused on lesbian relationships in India; the Indian penal code which outlaws homosexual acts; a case of same-sex love and murder in colonial India; homophobic fiction and homoerotic advertising in current day India; and lesbian subtext in Hindu scripture. All of the essays are original to the collection. Queering India promises to change the way we understand India as well as gay and lesbian life and sexuality around the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415929509
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1Colonial Transitions
1The Politics of Penetration: Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code15
2Sultan Mahmud's Makover: Colonial Homophobia and the Persian-Urdu Literary Tradition30
3Doganas and Zanakhis: The Invention and Subsequent Erasure of Urdu Poetry's "Lesbian" Voice47
4Alienation, Intimacy, and Gender: Problems for a History of Love in South Asia61
5Eunuchs, Lesbians, and Other Mythical Beasts: Queering and Dequeering the Kama Sutra77
Pt. 2The Visions of Fiction
6Loving Well: Homosexuality and Utopian Thought in Post/Colonial India87
7"Do I Remove My Skin?": Interrogating Identity in Suniti Namjoshi's Fables100
8"Queernesses All Mine": Same-Sex Desire in Kamala Das's Fiction and Poetry111
9Homophobic Fiction/Homoerotic Advertising: The Pleasures and Perils of Twentieth-Century Indianness127
10What Mrs. Besahara Saw: Reflections on the Gay Goonda149
Pt. 3Performative Pleasures in Theater, TV, and Cinema
11A Different Desire, a Different Femininity: Theatrical Transvestism in the Parsi, Gujarati, and Marathi Theatres, 1850-1940163
12Queer Bonds: Male Friendships in Contemporary Malayalam Cinema181
13"I Sleep behind You": Male Homosociality and Homoeroticism in Indian Parallel Cinema193
14Queer Pleasures for Queer People: Film, Television, and Queer Sexuality in India207
15On Fire: Sexuality and Its Incitements222
16After the Dire234
Notes on Contributors245
Index247

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