Sexuality, Obscenity, Community / Edition 1

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Through analysis of an impressive array of "low" and "high" Hindi literature, particularly pamphlets, tracts, magazines and newspapers, compounded with archival data, Gupta explores the emerging discourse of gender and sexuality, which was essential to the development of notions of Hindu nationalism and community identity in the colonial period. The book offers an exceptionally nuanced account of Hindu gender politics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Charu Gupta, in this well-developed and extremely provocative work, turbans the reader's attention to the role of gender..."—Leah Renold, Jourbanal of Colonialism and Colonial History

"this is a good, solid, and important work on Hindu identity and gender issues in north India. [I]t is likely to attract and merit a lot of attention." —Vasudha Dalmia, Professor of Hindi, University of California at Berkeley

"...this is an exceptionally interesting piece of work which should be published quickly as an excellent example of its genre." —Chris Bayly, Vere-Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, Cambridge

"The author has shown most successfully how gender was central to the establishment of Hindu identity, how deep-seated were the separatist and communal developments which interacted with high politics to create the division of India...this is an outstanding piece of research " —Francis Robinson, Professor of Indian History, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312295851
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Comparative Feminist Studies
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charu Gupta is a Reader in History at the University of Delhi. She has published a number of articles on gender and Hindu nationalism.

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Table of Contents

Women, Caste, Class and Hindu Communalism
• Redefining Obscenity and Aesthetics in Print
• Sanitising Women's Social Spaces
• Mapping the Domestic Domain
• The Icon of "Mother": Bharat Mata, Matri Bhasha and Gau Mata
• "Us" and "Them": Anxious Hindu Masculinity and the "Other"
• Hindu Women, Muslim Men
• Elopements and Conversions: The Recuperative Possibilities of (Im)possible Love?

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