A Question of Silence

The Sexual Economies of Modern India

Mary E. John and Janaki Nair

A Question of Silence

Mary E. John and Janaki Nair

Distributed for Zed Books

420 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1998
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781856498920 Published October 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Has there been a ‘conspiracy of silence’ regarding sexuality in India, be it within social movements or as a focus of scholarship? A Question of Silence? interrogates this assumption in order to thematise a crucial field. Prefaced by a detailed introductory overview, the essays use diverse perspectives to develop an understanding of the institutions, practices and forms of representation of sexual relations and their boundaries of legitimacy. 

From unravelling the Kamasutra (the text) to investigating KamaSutra (the condom) the volume includes essays on how sexuality has been framed by the law, within social movements, or has been the site for patrolled caste, ethnic or gender identities. Other essays analyse cinematic, televisual and literary representations of sexuality. Taken as a whole, this book makes room for more wide-ranging approaches for tackling the sexual economies of desire and violence among men and women in modern India.
Contents
1. Introduction: A Question of Silence? - Mary E. John and Janaki Nair
2. Unravelling the Kamasutra - Kumkum Roy
3. Offences agaist Marriage - Samita Sen
4. ‘Left to the Imagination’: Indian nationalisms and female sexuality - Tejaswini Niranjana
5. Reproductive Bodies and Regulated Sexuality - Anandhi S.
6. Comrades-in-Arms - U. Vindhya
7. Sexuality and the Film Apparatus - Ravi Vasudevan
8. Citizenship and its Discontents - Susie Tharu
9. Inventing Saffron History - Uma Chakravarti
10. Uneven Modernities and Ambivalent Sexualities - Kalpana Ram
11. On Bodily Love and Hurt - V. Geetha
12. Enforcing Cultural Codes - Prem Chowdhry
13. Globalisation, Sexuality and the Visual Field - Mary E.John
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