A flamboyantly eclectic anthology that explodes the myths about the lines which divide us - the heterosexual from the homosexual, the normative from the 'alternative', the phobic from the obsessive, the moral from the titillating, the academic from the activist. "The Phobic and the Erotic" brings together a stunning array of serious, committed writing about what is both most visible and most hidden in our lives: our sexualities. While our social and cultural lives are determined by a fairly universal heterosexual code, this anthology argues that it is imperative to recognize multiple sites and discourses as equally valid. It 'outs' the 'alternative'. Constructed on the premise that it is time to foreground those sexual choices and identities that are counter-hetero-normative as the sites at which the most significant politics are being played out, "The Phobic and the Erotic" captures the complex issues, theories, contexts and debates crowding the sexualities arena in contemporary Indian society.
Brinda Bose teaches in the Department of English, Hindu College, Delhi University, and is co-director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Research, New Delhi. She has edited Translating Desire: The Politics of Gender and Culture in India. Subhabrata Bhattacharyya is Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a member of the English Department, at Surendranath College, Calcutta University.
PROVISIONAL* Introduction* PreludesAveek Sen* Queering Cultural Studies: Notes Towards A FrameworkPramod K Nayar* Sexuality and GlobalizationDennis Altman* Us, 'Sexuality Types': A Critical Engagement with the Postcoloniality of SexualityAkshay Khanna* Risky LivesGeeta Patel* A Case of Radical Kinship: Edward Carpenter and the Politics of Anticolonial Sexual DissidenceLeela Gandhi* The Prurient Postcolonial: The Legal Regulation of Sexual SpeechRatna Kapur* There are No Short Cuts to Queer Utopia: Sodomy, Law and Social ChangeArvind Narrain* The Lesbian StandpointRanjita Biswas* Putting the 'B' Back in LGBT: Bisexuality, Queer Politics and HIV/AIDS DiscourseL. Ramakrishnan* Sexual Difference and its Discontents: Shifting Contexts of 'Thirdness' in HyderabadGayatri Reddy* Double Minorities: The Experiences of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Indians in the DiasporaSandip Roy* Section 377: How natural is normal?Nivedita Menon* 'Living the Way We Want': Same-Sex Marriage in IndiaRuth Vanita* Sappho: A Journey Through FireAkanksha Malobika* Rights for a Third Gender: Problems of Identity and RecognitionBhaswati Chakravorty* Kothis versus other MSM: Identity versus Behaviour in the Chicken and Egg ParadoxAshok Row Kavi* Ambiguous Practices: Sexual space and Spatial Sex amongst Men who have Sex with Men in CalcuttaPaul Boyce* False Appearances and Mistaken Identities: The Phobic and the Erotic in Bombay Cinema's Queer VisionShohini Ghosh* The Desiring Subject: Female Pleasures and Feminist Resistance in Deepa Mehta's FireBrinda Bose* Approaching the Present: The Pre-text-the Fire ControversySibaji Bandyopadhyay* Challenging the Hetero-norm in Art: Amrita Sher-Gil and Bhupen KhakarGeorgina Maddox* Agha Shahid Ali's Kashmir and the Gay NationHoshang Merchant* East-West Myth/Making in Suniti Namjoshi's Feminist-Lesbian FablesShivani Mutneja* Playing Woman, Playing Power: 'Performing the Goddess': A Reading of a Documentary on Chapal BhaduriAnuradha Ghosh