No eBook available Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Gopinath juxtaposes diverse texts to indicate the range of oppositional practices, subjectivities, and visions of collectivity that fall outside not only mainstream narratives of diaspora, colonialism, and nationalism but also most projects of liberal feminism and gay and lesbian politics and theory.
Queer South Asian Diasporas can refer to the individuals and communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer LGBTQ people who trace their ancestry to the South Asian subcontinent, but have lived beyond its borders. These communities and individuals generate vibrant forms of cultural production: writing, activism, filmmaking, performance art, and creative manipulations of everyday practice. Additionally, queer diaspora can refer to a particular way of analyzing South Asian public cultures and discourse through a transnational lens with an eye toward the ways that normative genders and sexualities are managed and manipulated to secure and undo nationalist projects.
By bringing queer theory to bear on ideas of diaspora, Gayatri Gopinath produces both a more compelling queer theory and a more nuanced understanding of diaspora. Focusing on queer female diasporic subjectivity, Gopinath develops a theory of diaspora apart from the logic of blood, authenticity, and patrilineal descent that she argues invariably forms the core of conventional formulations. She examines South Asian diasporic literature, film, and music in order to suggest alternative ways of conceptualizing community and collectivity across disparate geographic locations.
Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Feminist Review. As part of the growing literature on the South Asian diaspora, Impossible Desires attempts to offer a new perspective, which addresses both shortcomings in diaspora studies and queer theory.
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By Gayatri Gopinath. Durham: Duke University Press, In a study of popular culture in the diaspora, Gayatri Gopinath's Impossible Desires examines literary, moving image, and musical forms to identify the persistent ways queer South Asian women are undermined in discourses of nationalism and feminism.
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It dovetails with the writings of scholars and activists in non-Western societies, as well as Western researchers, including regular contributors to this journal such as Peter Jackson and Mark McLelland, among others, whose research focuses on expressions of alternative sexualities in non-Western societies. Working in concert, these three not unrelated strands within sexuality and gender studies challenge the hegemony of Euro-American derived understandings of expressions of same-sex desire. Through a sort of liberal-humanist, rights-based 'Rainbow Flag' cultural imperialism—what Joseph Massad refers to as the power of 'Gay International'  —the channel for expressions of queer desire within the framework of this discourse becomes a prescriptive one premised on specific expectations and assumptions.