Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Playing a double game : idioms of same sex desire in India
Author: Katyal, Akhil
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Please try the link below.
Access from Institution:
This thesis argues for the multiplicity of idioms of same-sex desire in modern India, treating 'homo-sexuality' as only one of them. Moreover, it argues for the fundamental doubleness of the specific historical idiom of 'sexuality' itself, that is, its ability to always leave room for manoeuvre, discrepancy and mixture. This thesis, in looking at the human actors in the drama of 'sexuality', that is, at the debates and strategies of the editors of the books on 'queer politics' and 'gay writing', at the overwrought profiles of the individual users of gay social networking websites and at the tactical personal narratives written for sexuality-based activist publications, argues that each of these actors use sexual identity in a double way. Their strategic decisions, their everyday lives and their texts, make it clear that sexual identity does a particular work for them without overdetermining their self-images, either exhaustively or consistently. I see this necessary distance between the adoption and the use of sexual identity both as deeply political and as a valuable analytical point. In modern India, numerous idioms of same-sex desire, such as that of baazi (habit, addiction) which I elaborate at some length, of friendship, of masti (fun, play), of love, among others, are simultaneous to and relate to the idiom of sexuality. I look at how these relations actually get worked out in texts, in politics and in social lives, which are full of concerns of and beyond sexual desire. This thesis moves from a conceptual sublimity to everyday practice and it uses the latter as a vantage point to revise the idea of sexual identity from being a limit, a marker, a stigmata to being a form of play, a tool, a double game.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral