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Description - Same-Sex Love in India by Ruth Vanita

"Same-Sex Love in India" presents an 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 19th 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. A 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 and poems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312293246
ISBN-10: 0312293240
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 370
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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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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