Same-Sex Love in India
Readings in Indian Literature
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Same-Sex Love in India by Ruth Vanita
Book DescriptionSame-Sex Love in India presents a stunning array of writings on same-sex love from over 2000 years of Indian literature. Translated from more than a dozen languages and 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. This collection defies both stereotypes of Indian culture and Foucault's definition of homosexuality as a nineteenth-century invention, uncovering instead complex discourses of Indian homosexuality, rich metaphorical traditions to represent it, and the use of names and terms as early as medieval times to distinguish same-sex from cross-sex love. An eminent group of scholars have translated these writings for the first time or have re-translated well-known texts to correctly make evident previously underplayed homoerotic content. Selections range from religious books, legal and erotic treatises, story cycles, medieval histories and biographies, modern novels, short stories, letters, memoirs, plays and poems. From the Rigveda to Vikram Seth, this anthology will become a staple in courses on gender and queer studies, Asian studies, and world literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312293246
(235mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 22-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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)» View all books by Ruth Vanita
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.
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Author Biography - Ruth Vanita
RUTH VANITA is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Montana. SALEEM KIDWAI is a translator, writer, and consultant living in New Delhi.
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