Sexuality, Obscenity, And Community: Women, Muslims, and the Hindu Public in Colonial India (Paperback)
Through analysis of an impressive array of "low" and "high" Hindi literature, particularly pamphlets, tracts, magazines and newspapers, compounded with archival data, Gupta explores the emerging discourse of gender and sexuality, which was essential to the development of notions of Hindu nationalism and community identity in the colonial period. The book offers an exceptionally nuanced account of Hindu gender politics.
About the Author
Charu Gupta is a Reader in History at the University of Delhi. She has published a number of articles on gender and Hindu nationalism.
Praise for Sexuality, Obscenity, And Community: Women, Muslims, and the Hindu Public in Colonial India…
"Charu Gupta, in this well-developed and extremely provocative work, turns the reader's attention to the role of gender..."--Leah Renold, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
"this is a good, solid, and important work on Hindu identity and gender issues in north India. [I]t is likely to attract and merit a lot of attention." --Vasudha Dalmia, Professor of Hindi, University of California at Berkeley
"...this is an exceptionally interesting piece of work which should be published quickly as an excellent example of its genre." --Chris Bayly, Vere-Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, Cambridge
"The author has shown most successfully how gender was central to the establishment of Hindu identity, how deep-seated were the separatist and communal developments which interacted with high politics to create the division of India...this is an outstanding piece of research " --Francis Robinson, Professor of Indian History, Royal Holloway, University of London