Effeminism : the economy of colonial desire /
Revathi Krishnaswamy.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1998.
vi, 191 p. ; 24 cm.
0472109758 (cloth : alk. paper)np
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1998.
0472109758 (cloth : alk. paper)np
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Reading colonial erotics -- The economy of colonial desire -- Manufacturing masculinity -- Imperial feminism in an age of homosocial colonialism : Flora Annie Steel's On the face of the waters -- Cartographies of homosocial terror : Kipling's gothic tales and Kim -- A grammar of colonial desire : E.M. Forster's Passage to India.
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For two decades, linking political domination and sexual subordination has been an important notion in the study of colonialism. Analysts of historical and literary texts have elaborated the ways in which colonized people are "feminized" by their relative powerlessness and how racial domination by the white conqueror is accompanied by the sexual domination of the woman of color. Working on the literature of the British Raj, Krishnaswamy (San Jose State Univ.) notes--as others have--that this picture is complicated when one takes into account white women (sexually subordinate, racially dominant) and Indian men (gender dominant, race subordinate). Krishnaswamy uses "effeminization" to describe the complicated paths of colonial sexual desire, stereotypes of Indian male passivity, and how "colonizing men used womanhood to delegitimize, discredit and disempower colonized men." Reading texts by Rudyard Kipling (a "culturally hybrid male"), E.M. Forster (a homosexual), and F.A. Steele (a woman), the author shows how these tactics affect the representation not only of colonized men and women but also the marginalized writers of the colonizing culture. In the process, she makes intriguing analogies between androgyny and biculturalism, further developing arguments made in Jenny Sharpe's Allegories of Empire (CH, Dec'93), Homi Bhabha's The Location of Culture (1994), and Edward Said's Orientalism (CH, Apr'79). Large undergraduate and all graduate libraries. K. Tololyan Wesleyan University
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Table of Contents
Reading Colonial Eroticsp. 1
The Economy of Colonial Desirep. 15
Manufacturing Masculinityp. 53
Imperial Feminism in an Age of Homosocial Colonialism: Flora Annie Steel's On the Face of the Watersp. 71
Cartographies of Homosocial Terror: Kipling's Gothic Tales and Kimp. 101
A Grammar of Colonial Desire: E. M. Forster's A Passage to Indiap. 141
Conclusionp. 165
Notesp. 169
Indexp. 189
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