For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in by Anjali Arondekar

By Anjali Arondekar

Anjali Arondekar considers the connection among sexuality and the colonial archive through posing the subsequent questions: Why does sexuality (still) search its fact within the old archive? What are the spatial and temporal logics that compel this sort of go back? And conversely, what sort of “archive” does this sort of recuperative hermeneutics produce? instead of render sexuality’s courting to the colonial archive throughout the most popular lens of historic invisibility (which may presume that there's anything approximately sexuality that's misplaced or silent and wishes to “come out”), Arondekar engages sexuality’s recursive lines in the colonial archive opposed to and during our very wish for access.

The good judgment and the interpretive assets of For the Record come up out of 2 entangled and minoritized historiographies: one in South Asian experiences and the opposite in queer/sexuality experiences. concentrating on past due colonial India, Arondekar examines the spectacularization of sexuality in anthropology, legislation, literature, and pornography from 1843 till 1920. via turning to fabrics and/or destinations which are favourite to such a lot students of queer and subaltern reviews, Arondekar considers sexuality on the heart of the colonial archive instead of at its margins. each one bankruptcy addresses a kind of archival loss, troped both in a language of disappearance or paucity, simulacrum or detritus: from Richard Burton’s lacking file on male brothels in Karáchi (1845) to a failed sodomy prosecution in Northern India, Queen Empress v. Khairati (1884), and from the ever-present India-rubber dildos present in colonial pornography of the mid-to-late 19th century to the archival detritus of Kipling’s tales concerning the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

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