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(Un)Familiar Femininities – Studies in Contemporary Lesbian South Asian Texts - Oxford Scholarship Online
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(Un)Familiar Femininities: Studies in Contemporary Lesbian South Asian Texts

Aneeta Rajendran


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 normative ideas 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 an ... More

Keywords: (un)familiar, heterosexual, heteronormative, homosexual, queer, lesbian, reproductive temporality, heteronormativity, normative femininity, India, South Asia, diaspora

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199454914
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199454914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aneeta Rajendran, author
Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi

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