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SASNET/GADNET seminar on Queer Femininities in Indian Narratives
March 22, 2013 - 13:15-15:00
Dr. Aneeta Rajendran, Department of English, Gargi College, University of Delhi, India, holds an open SASNET/GADNET Lecture. She will speak about ”Queer Femininities in Indian Narratives”.
Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asia, Conference room, Scheelevägen 15 D (seond floor), Alfa 1 building, Ideon Research Park, Lund.
Aneeta Rajendran is currently an Erasmus Mundus scholarship holder at Lund University, working as a postdoc during the academic year 2012/13 at the Center for Gender Studies. Her doctoral thesis, ”In the Realm of the (Un)Familiar: Studies inContemporary Lesbian Indian texts”, was a pioneering examination of female non-heteronormativity in a variety of contemporary Indian literary and visual cultural texts, and studied works as far apart as a novel by a major Urdu writer from the 1940s to a graphic novel produced only a couple of years ago. It is going to be published during 2013. In her presentation, she will survey a variety of Indian narratives, literary and cinematic, with the aim to consider what queer female subjects emerge. The paper speculates that there is a striking degree of homogeneity in the representations that emerge in various cultural modes, particularly in the mass media, with the female queer emerging almost homonormatively as femme. While this is a gender-compliant index of female homosexuality, the paper also argues that the femme lesbian in these contexts enables consideration of the sphere of the home, consigned otherwise to the realm of the “private”, as a space where queer feminist reproduction can and does happen.