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LGBTQ

(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) by: Kuhu Sharma Chanana

This book aims at developing an exclusive literary framework to analyse the Indian queer literary works. It helps in excavating the convoluted layers and subversive potential of queer identities, and in studying the efforts made by the Indian writers to homosexualize various so-called normative spaces.

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ISBN: 9788192570242
Year Of Publication: 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xii, 284p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 600

Overview

The invisibility accorded to queer literary works in India has a systematic sinister agenda of silencing. Such a hidden target can be countered only by cataloguing the still unexplored queer texts in various Indian languages and by developing unique critical tools to analyse these texts in a such a manner that helps in excavating the convoluted layers and subversive potential of queer identities.
This book aims at developing an exclusive literary framework to analyse the Indian queer literary works. In all, there are seven chapters which deal with the themes of plurality of lesbian existence, ambivalent adaptation techniques adopted by the writers to grant visibility to subaltern sexualities, overlapping of class and homosexuality, the development of exclusive queer aesthetics by inversion of accepted mode of literary language, imagery and techniques, the doubly marginalized identity of lesbian diaspora and the specific rift between lesbianism, feminism and queer activism in Indian context as presented in literary studies.
It also deals with the issues of biphobia, violence on hijra identity (perhaps one of the most marginalized identity in LGBTQ movement), the depiction of symbiotic relationship between space, sexual identity and sexual citizenship in Indian literary texts and the efforts made by the writers to homosexualize various so-called normative spaces.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Dichotomic Representation of Lesbianism as an Act of Resistance in Contemporary Indian
English Women Writers with Special Reference to Abha Dawesar and Anita Nair
2. Violence on Hijras through the Lens of Biphobia and the Contemporary Literary
Representations: Mahesh Dattani, Khushwant Singh, Abdul Khalid Rashid and Satya
3. Lesbian Fabulation in Suniti Namjoshi’s Poetry: A Tool to Familiarize or a Means to Escape?
4. The Polyvalent Power Structures in the Gay Writings of Contemporary Indian English Writers with Special Reference to R. Raj Rao and Hoshang Merchant
5. Plurality of the Significance of Lesbian Existence in Modern Indian Writers: Geetanjali Shree,
Manju Kapur and Rajkamal Chaudhary
6. Lesbophobic Anxiety and the Contradictory Fissures in Modern Regional Women Short Story Writers: Shivani’s “Manik” and Hiranmayee Mishra’s “The Tale of a Rainy Night”
7. Queer Identity and Homosexualization of Spaces in Contemporary Indian Literary Texts
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Kuhu Sharma Chanana has written two books, D.H. Lawrence and the Poetic Novel and An Evening Rainbow: Queer Writings in Bhasha Literatures besides a number of articles on various facets of feminism and alternative sexuality in periodicals such as Indian Literature; Critical Endeavour; Points of View; and JSL. She has edited a special number on same-sex love fiction for Indian Literature. Chanana has also received Charles Wallace Trust Scholarship from the British Council at the University of Edinburgh (England). She is presently working as an Associate Professor of English Literature at S.S.N. College (University of Delhi).
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