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Beyond Desire: Sexuality in Modern Tamil Literature

Kiran Keshavamurthy


Beyond Desire: Sexuality in Modern Tamil Literature is the first monograph on sexuality in modern Tamil literature. The book offers an interpretation of shifting representations of masculine desire in Tamil short stories and novels across the twentieth century. Through a reading of seven male writers many of whom drew inspiration from the Tamil writer K.P. Rajagopalan (1902–1944), there emerges a whole range of sensual intimacies between men and women that are irreducible to the sexual act. The book resists the equation of desire with sexual intercourse and explores the interpenetration of des ... More

Keywords: masculinity, sexuality, femininity, spirituality, reformation, labour, religiosity, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199467457
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kiran Keshavamurthy, author
Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

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