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Love's rites : same sex marriage and its antecedents in India and the West /
by Ruth Vanita.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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xiii, 274 p.
ISBN
1403970386
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
isbn
1403970386
catalogue key
5603029
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ruth Vanita is Professor of Liberal Studies at the University of Montana
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Lambda Literary Awards, USA, 2006 : Nominated
Reviews
Review Quotes
" Love's Rite , Ruth Vanita's absorbing new book on same-sex love and marriage and the Indian religious tradition, shows just how deeply rooted the idea of homosexuality really is in the Hindu tradition and how subtly and imaginatively Indian attitudes toward same-sex unions have evolved over the centuries, even as new social, cultural, and affective realities have come into being. Vanita offers a marvelously global perspective on our own 'gay marriage' debates--one characterized by profound historical understanding, impeccable scholarship, and a rare and delightful precision of feeling."--Terry Castle, editor of The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall "It's here that contemporary India comes across as a heterogeneous, pluralistic and perfect setting where the modern gay and lesbian identity is being forged in the furnace of the turmoil of industrial India. Read and be enlightened. Be enlightened and be educated about a great tradition that presents itself as an equal contributor of modern civilization. I urge you to read and keep this book carefully for it offers you a useful foundation to build a happier life. A life that knows its past can offer you a more secure future."--Ashok Row Kavi, gay activist and founder of Bombay Dost "Ruth Vanita brings to same-sex love not clenched-teeth ideology, aggressive self-assertion hiding deeper insecurities, or the anguish of marginalization, but an effortless combination of empathy, moral conviction, and deep cultural sensitivity. This is an excellent work of scholarship that also makes delightful reading."--Ashis Nandy, Director, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and author of The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism
""Love's Rite, Ruth Vanita's absorbing new book on same-sex love and marriage and the Indian religious tradition, shows just how deeply rooted the idea of homosexuality really is in the Hindu tradition and how subtly and imaginatively Indian attitudes toward same-sex unions have evolved over the centuries, even as new social, cultural, and affective realities have come into being. Vanita offers a marvelously global perspective on our own 'gay marriage' debates--one characterized by profound historical understanding, impeccable scholarship, and a rare and delightful precision of feeling."--Terry Castle, editor of "The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall" "It's here that contemporary India comes across as a heterogeneous, pluralistic and perfect setting where the modern gay and lesbian identity is being forged in the furnace of the turmoil of industrial India. Read and be enlightened. Be enlightened and be educated about a great tradition that presents itself as an equal contributor of modern civilization. I urge you to read and keep this book carefully for it offers you a useful foundation to build a happier life. A life that knows its past can offer you a more secure future."--Ashok Row Kavi, gay activist and founder of "Bombay Dost "Ruth Vanita brings to same-sex love not clenched-teeth ideology, aggressive self-assertion hiding deeper insecurities, or the anguish of marginalization, but an effortless combination of empathy, moral conviction, and deep cultural sensitivity. This is an excellent work of scholarship that also makes delightful reading."--Ashis Nandy, Director, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and author of"The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism
"Love's Rite, Ruth Vanita's absorbing new book on same-sex love and marriage and the Indian religious tradition, shows just how deeply rooted the idea of homosexuality really is in the Hindu tradition and how subtly and imaginatively Indian attitudes toward same-sex unions have evolved over the centuries, even as new social, cultural, and affective realities have come into being. Vanita offers a marvelously global perspective on our own 'gay marriage' debates--one characterized by profound historical understanding, impeccable scholarship, and a rare and delightful precision of feeling."--Terry Castle, editor of The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall "It's here that contemporary India comes across as a heterogeneous, pluralistic and perfect setting where the modern gay and lesbian identity is being forged in the furnace of the turmoil of industrial India. Read and be enlightened. Be enlightened and be educated about a great tradition that presents itself as an equal contributor of modern civilization. I urge you to read and keep this book carefully for it offers you a useful foundation to build a happier life. A life that knows its past can offer you a more secure future."--Ashok Row Kavi, gay activist and founder of Bombay Dost "Ruth Vanita brings to same-sex love not clenched-teeth ideology, aggressive self-assertion hiding deeper insecurities, or the anguish of marginalization, but an effortless combination of empathy, moral conviction, and deep cultural sensitivity. This is an excellent work of scholarship that also makes delightful reading."--Ashis Nandy, Director, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and author of The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism
""Love's Rite," Ruth Vanita's absorbing new book on same-sex love and marriage and the Indian religious tradition, shows just how deeply rooted the idea of homosexuality really is in the Hindu tradition and how subtly and imaginatively Indian attitudes toward same-sex unions have evolved over the centuries, even as new social, cultural, and affective realities have come into being. Vanita offers a marvelously global perspective on our own 'gay marriage' debates--one characterized by profound historical understanding, impeccable scholarship, and a rare and delightful precision of feeling."--Terry Castle, editor of "The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall""" "It's here that contemporary India comes across as a heterogeneous, pluralistic and perfect setting where the modern gay and lesbian identity is being forged in the furnace of the turmoil of industrial India. Read and be enlightened. Be enlightened and be educated about a great tradition that presents itself as an equal contributor of modern civilization. I urge you to read and keep this book carefully for it offers you a useful foundation to build a happier life. A life that knows its past can offer you a more secure future."--Ashok Row Kavi, gay activist and founder of "Bombay Dost" "Ruth Vanita brings to same-sex love not clenched-teeth ideology, aggressive self-assertion hiding deeper insecurities, or the anguish of marginalization, but an effortless combination of empathy, moral conviction, and deep cultural sensitivity. This is an excellent work of scholarship that also makes delightful reading."--Ashis Nandy, Director, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and author of "The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism "
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Summaries
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This is the first book to examine same-sex weddings and same-sex couple suicides in India today, discussing these phenomena both in the context of the international debate on gay marriage, and in the context of past and present Indian and Euro-American cultural representations of same-sex union.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Ruth Vanita examines same-sex weddings & same-sex couple suicides reported from India over the past two decades against a background of narrative representations of gay unions going back over many centuries. She suggests that gay marriage dwells not at the margins but at the heart of culture.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Who Decides?: Marriage Law, the State, and Mutual Consentp. 47
Is the Spirit Gendered?: Fluid Gender, Sex Change, and Same-Sex Marriagep. 71
"Immortal Longings": Love-Death, Rebirth, and Union Through Life After Lifep. 91
A Second Self: Traditions of Romantic Friendshipp. 113
Monstrous to Miraculous-Same-Sex Reproduction and Parentingp. 137
All in the Family: Same-Sex Relationships in Traditional Familiesp. 161
"Married Among Their Companions": Female-Female Relations in Premodern Eroticap. 183
Aspiring to Union: Twentieth-Century Cinemap. 209
Conclusionp. 225
Note on Theory and Methodologyp. 239
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 269
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