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Popular Masculine Cultures in India : Critical Essays

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Edited by : Rohit K. Dasgupta, Steven Baker
Foreword by : Professor Wimal Dissanayake
Published in January2013
Pages: xiv+202
ISBN: 9789380677446

About the Book

In the west, writing on masculinity is becoming as widespread and popular as feminist writing. Yet in India, this is new and unchartered territory waiting to be explored. Similar to the country he inhabits, the Indian male is rapidly changing. India is often described as a land of controls, and nobody embodies so many contradictions as the men found here. Like the demon king Ravana, masculinity wears at least ten heads. Only by revealing the many facets of what it is to be an Indian man can the subject be fully understood. Through Bollywood, literature, the media and theatre, the essays in this book examine how popular culture impacts masculinities in their numerous forms. Based upon experience of lecturing in popular culture and publishing on society, cinema and gender, this analysis of Indian masculinities seeks to answer a question that has grown out of current cultural conversation: What is the Indian male?

Rohit K Dasgupta is Associate Lecturer and Doctoral student at University of the Arts London. Steven Baker is academic and journalist currently based at British Council, New Delhi. Professor Wimal Dissanayake teaches at University of Hawaii.


Contents

i. Acknowledgements
ii. Foreword: Professor Wimal Dissanyake, University of Hawaii
iii. Notes on Contributors

1. Introducing Masculinity and Popular Culture in India

Anthropological Concerns
2. MSM’s and Masculinity: Homonormativising the heternormative
3. Masculinity at work, masculinity at stake: ‘Male’ negotiations along the West Bengal-Bangladesh border
4. Postcolonial Lesiduse: Masculinity and the Indian nationalist Imaginary
5. Masculinity in ‘I Love You Daddy’ & ‘Thank You’

Textual perspective
6. Culture, Masculinity and patriotism: The Caklet Controversy of 1924
7. Gay Writing and the Idea of Doubleness
8. Mapping the diaspora: Shyam Selvadurai’s Swimming in the Monsoon Sen
9. Rewriting Bengali Masculinity: Representing the Bhadralok in Journalistic Writings

Cinematic Interventions
10. Opening closets, Dividing Camps, Dostana and Gay Framing in Indian Culture
11. “Have you Seen My Sister!” The ‘Framing’ of the Urban male in Ray’s City Quartet
12. Gods,Anti-Heroes and Heroes: Exploring masculinity and the Male through mythological,textual and cinematic narratives in India

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