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Queering India : same-sex love and eroticism in Indian culture and society / edited by Ruth Vanita.


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New York : Routledge, 2002.
  • Book
  • 252 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • I. Colonial Transitions 1.The Politics of Penetration: Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code 2. Sultan Mahmud's Make-Over: Colonial Homophobia and the Persian-Urdu Literary Tradition 3. Doganas and Zanakhis: The Invention and Subsequent Erasure of Urdu Poetry's "Lesbian" Voice 4. Alienation, Intimacy, and Gender: Problems for a History of Love in South Asia 5. Eunuchs, Lesbians, and Other Mystical Beasts: Queering and De-Queering the Kamasutra II. The Visions of Fiction 6. Loving Well: Homosexuality and Utopian Thought in Post/Colonial India 7. "Do I Remove My Skin?": Interrogating Identity in Suniti Namjoshi's Fables 8. "Queerness All Mine": Same-Sex Desire in Kamala Das's Fiction and Poetry 9. Homophobic Fiction/Homoerotic Advertising: The Pleasures and Perils of Twentieth-Century Indianness 10. What Mrs. Besahara Saw: Reflections on the Gay Goonda III. Performance Pleasures in Theatre, TV, and Cinema 11. A Different Desire, A Different Femininity: Theatrical Transvestism in the Parsi, Gujarati, and Marathi Theatres, 1850-1940 12. Queer Bonds: Male Friendships in Contemporary Malayalam Cinema 13. "I Sleep Behind you": Male Homosociality and Homoeroticism in Indian Parallel Cinema 14. Queer Pleasures for Queer People: Film, Television, and Queer Sexuality in India 15. On Fire: Sexuality and its Incitements 16. After the Fire: Smoldering Questions about Representation.
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Publisher's Summary:
Queering India provides 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 area. The topics are wide-ranging, considering film, literature, popular culture, historical and religious texts, law and other aspects of life in India. All the essays are original to the collection.
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Vanita, Ruth.

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