Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society
Edited by Ruth Vanita
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Queering India by Ruth Vanita
Book DescriptionQueering 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415929509
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ruth Vanita
Gender, Sex, and the City, Hardback (February 2012)
Explores the urban, cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Lucknow. Ruth Vanita analyzes Rekhti, a type of Urdu poetry distinguished by a female speaker and a focus on women's lives, and shows how it becamea catalyst for the transformation of the ghazal.
Love's Rites, Hardback (October 2005)
Examines the same-sex couple suicides reported in India. The author examines these cases in the context of a variety of same-sex unions, from 14th-century narratives about co-wives who miraculously produce a child together, to 19th-century depictions of ritualized unions between women, to marriages between gay men and lesbians over the internet.
Queering India, Hardback (December 2001)
Queering India provides an understanding of same-sex love and eroticism in Indian culture and society. The essays focus on gay and lesbian life in India to provide a comprehensive look at a much neglected area.
Same-Sex Love in India, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Ruth Vanita
This title presents an array of writings on same-sex love from over 2000 years of Indian literature. Drawn from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and modern fictional traditions, these writings testify to the presence of same-sex love in various forms since ancient times, without overt persecution.
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Author Biography - Ruth Vanita
Ruth Vanita is Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Montana. She is the co-editor of Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature (2000).
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