Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Kiran Keshavamurthy is an assistant professor of cultural studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. His research interests include caste and sexuality studies and modern Indian literatures. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Moving away from a dominant cultural equation of love, desire, and intimacy with marriage, Beyond Desire offers a radical view that reinstates the body as an enduring symbol of desire. Drawing on the works of seven twentieth-century male Tamil writers beginning with K.
The book offers an interpretation of shifting representations of masculine desire in Tamil short stories and novels across the twentieth century. Through a reading of seven male writers many of whom drew inspiration from the Tamil writer K. Rajagopalan — , there emerges a whole range of sensual intimacies between men and women that are irreducible to the sexual act. The book resists the equation of desire with sexual intercourse and explores the interpenetration of des The book resists the equation of desire with sexual intercourse and explores the interpenetration of desire and other sensual modes of relating to the world that include spirituality, social reform, artistic creativity, and labour. Most of these narratives are focalized through men who are seemingly conflicted by their sexual desires and their attempts to preserve their religious or aesthetic integrity. There is no resolution to this conflict as these men try to offset the threat of female desire by idealizing women and reorienting their desires in other forms of sensual activity. The failure to either resist or entirely satisfy or sublimate desire compels the reconfiguration of meaning and subjectivity. While the first five writers of this book focus on the possibility of spiritualizing desire, the last two explore the reformative possibilities of asexual cross-gender partnerships and the transformative potential of labour that binds and reconfigures marginalized lower-caste, working-class female subjects. Keywords: masculinity , sexuality , femininity , spirituality , reformation , labour , religiosity , aesthetics.
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