Title

"Left to the imagination" : Indian nationalisms and female sexuality in Trinidad

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Public Culture

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

223

Last Page

243

Publisher

Duke University Press

Abstract

Contrary to appearances, this essay is not about Trinidad or the West Indies; it is primarily an attempt to alter the lens through which we have been accustomed to viewing or framing the emergence of that discursive subject, the modern Indian woman. In analyzing the formation of woman in India, we often use, almost as though by default, the implicit comparisons with Western or metropolitan situations. I want to ask whether our frameworks might look different when the points of reference include other nonmetropolitan contexts. Also, what happens to our terms of comparison when the history of the context being compared with ours is entangled with our own, in ways that have been made invisible in the postcolonial present?

DOI

10.1215/08992363-11-1-223

Print ISSN

08992363

E-ISSN

15278018

Funding Information

The research was partly granted from the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council, India, and the Sephis Programme for South-South Research, the Netherlands.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 1999 by Duke University Press

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Additional Information

An earlier version of this article published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, (2) (1997), 1-18.

This article also published in M. E. John & J. Nair (Eds.) (1998), A question of silence?: The sexual economies of modern India (pp. 111-138). New Delhi: Kali for Women.

This article also published in D. P. Gaonkar (Ed.) (2001), Alternative modernities (pp. 248-271). Durham: Duke University Press.

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Recommended Citation

Niranjana, T. (1999). "Left to the imagination": Indian nationalisms and female sexuality in Trinidad. Public Culture, 11(1), 223-243. doi: 10.1215/08992363-11-1-223