(Un)Familiar Femininities: Studies in Contemporary Lesbian South Asian Texts

Hardcover | August 13, 2015

byAneeta Rajendran

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The female homosexual in South Asia is not always a visible lesbian person. She is often a figuration of an act that challenges hegemonic ideas of gender and female subjectivity. This lesbian femininity can be found in many socio-cultural conversations, defamiliarizing and subverting normativeideas of female monogamy, compulsory motherhood, asexuality, celibacy, and compliance.A nuanced reading of contemporary literary and cinematic texts from India and its diaspora, this work traces the histories of the 'un(familiar)' lesbian in the homophobic realm around us. Focusing on representations and legacies of such femininities, the author shows how female same-sex socialitiesand female same-sex love straddle terrains both familiar and unfamiliar, arguing that homosexuality and heterosexuality are not in opposition but in a state of constant dialogue with each other.

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The female homosexual in South Asia is not always a visible lesbian person. She is often a figuration of an act that challenges hegemonic ideas of gender and female subjectivity. This lesbian femininity can be found in many socio-cultural conversations, defamiliarizing and subverting normativeideas of female monogamy, compulsory mother...

Aneeta Rajendran teaches at the Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:August 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199454914

ISBN - 13:9780199454914

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AcknowledgementsAn Introduction1. Gender Insubordination: (Un)Familiar Butch Desire2. Lesbians in the House! Cinema and Queer Female Desire3. The (Un)Familiar in the Heart of the Family: Portraits of the Lesbian as a Married Woman4. Unbecoming Women: Shaping (Un)Familiar LivesConclusions: Mainstreaming (Un)FamiliaritiesIndexAbout the Author