Ruth Vanita : Gender, Sex and the City (Urdu Poetry 1780-1870 – Author Reading)

Join SALGA NYC and come meet Ruth Vanita and hear from her new book: Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Poetry 1780-187.

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Lambda literary award finalist, “Same-Sex Love in India” presents writings on same-sex love from over 2000 years of Indian literature. Drawn from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and modern fictional traditions, these writings testify to the presence of same-sex love in various forms since ancient times, without overt persecution. This collection def

ies stereotypes, uncovering complex discourses of Indian homosexuality. Selections range from religious books, legal and erotic treatises, story cycles, medieval histories and biographies, modern novels, short stories, letters, memoirs, plays and poems.In 1978 in Delhi, Professor Vanita co-founded “Manushi: A Journal about Women and Ruth vanita Society”, a journal that combined academic research and grassroots activism. She taught in the English Department at the University of Delhi and now is Professor at the University of Montana. She is the author of several books and many literary translations. She has also published articles on Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Indian literature in journals such as Shakespeare Survey, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Comparative Drama, Postcolonial Studies, GLQ and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

Date : Sunday, 18th November 2012
Time : 4PM onwards
Venue : Revolutionary Book Store, New York 
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