Same-Sex Love in India

Readings from Literature and History

  • Editors
  • Ruth Vanita
  • Saleem Kidwai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction: Ancient Indian Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-30
    2. Kumkum Roy
      Pages 37-39
    3. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 46-53
  3. Introduction: Medieval Materials in the Sanskritic Tradition

  4. Introduction: Medieval Materials in the Perso-Urdu tradition

  5. Introduction: Modern Indian Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-217
    2. Saleem Kidwai
      Pages 218-219
    3. Saleem Kidwai, Ruth Vanita
      Pages 220-228
    4. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 229-232
    5. Shohini Ghosh
      Pages 233-235
    6. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 236-240
    7. Sumanyu Satpathy
      Pages 241-245
    8. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 246-252
    9. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 253-256
    10. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 257-259
    11. Saleem Kidwai
      Pages 260-263
    12. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 267-269
    13. Saleem Kidwai
      Pages 283-288
    14. Ruth Vanita
      Pages 289-293
    15. Saleem Kidwai
      Pages 294-297
    16. Saleem Kidwai, Ruth Vanita
      Pages 301-303

About this book


Same-Sex Love in India presents a stunning 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 nineteenth-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. An eminent 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 poems. From the Rigveda to Vikram Seth, this anthology will become a staple in courses on gender and queer studies, Asian studies, and world literature.


gender India Queer Studies women world literature

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