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Discussions on sexuality in the South Asian context have tended to focus largely on men`s preoccupations through notions such as `semen-anxiety`. Another restrictive framework is the excessive importance ascribed to religion in everyday life. The result has been a rather narrow debate on sexuality. By providing accounts of a myriad sites and meanings of sexuality, this remarkable volume broadens the debate on sexuality in South Asia.
It combines perspectives from history, anthropology, and cultural and literary studies to provide an interdisciplinary exploration of the cultures of, and the multiple meanings and contestations that gather around, masculinities and sexualities. The collection is unique in the breadth of its theoretical concerns; its focus on hitherto marginalized sexual identities; and its novel juxtapositions of analyses of colonial discourses with those of postcolonised modernity.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Semen, History, Desire and Theory SANJAY SRIVASTAVA
Colonial Aversions and Domestic Desires: Blood, Race, Sex and the Decline of Intimacy in Early British India SUDIPTA SEN
Controlling the Ganymedes: The Colonial Gaze in J. R. Ackerley`s Hindoo Holiday ZAHID CHAUDHARY
Theatrical Transvestism in the Parsi, Gujarati and Marathi Theatres (1850-1940) KATHRYN HANSEN
Rekhti: Impersonating the Feminine in Urdu Poetry CARLA PETIEVICH
Crossing `Lines` of Subjectivity: The Negotiation of Sexual Identity in Hyderabad, India GAYATRI REDDY
A Preliminary Report on Emerging Gay Geographies in Bangalore, India CHANDRA S BALACHANDRAN
Emancipated BodiesEmbodying Liberation: Debating through Fire VIKASH N PANDEY
Redrawing the Lakshman Rekha: Gender Differences and Cultural Constructions in Youth Sexuality in Urban India LEENA ABRAHAM/-/`Cheli-Beti` Discourses of Trafficking and Constructions of Gender, Citizenship and Nation in Modern Nepal SUSHMA JOSHI
Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices: The Social Shadow of AIDS and STD Prevention in Nepal STACY LEIGH PIGG and LINNET PIKE
Muscularity and Its Ramifications: Mimetic Male Bodies in Indian Mass Culture KAJRI JAIN
Non-Gandhian Sexuality, Commodity Cultures and a `Happy Married Life`: Masculine and Sexual Cultures in the Metropolis SANJAY SRIVASTAVA