Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in by Arnika Fuhrmann

By Arnika Fuhrmann

Through an exam of post-1997 Thai cinema and video paintings Arnika Fuhrmann indicates how vernacular Buddhist tenets, tales, and pictures mix with sexual politics in figuring present struggles over notions of personhood, sexuality, and collective existence. The drama, horror, background, and experimental artwork movies she analyzes draw on Buddhist-informed conceptions of impermanence and prominently function the motif of the feminine ghost. In those motion pictures the characters' eroticization within the spheres of loss and dying represents an improvisation at the Buddhist disavowal of attachment and highlights under-recognized woman and queer wish and patience. Her feminist and queer readings demonstrate the entangled relationships among movie, sexuality, Buddhist principles, and the Thai state's law of heteronormative sexuality. Fuhrmann thereby presents insights into the configuration of up to date Thailand whereas commencing up new chances for wondering queer personhood and femininity.

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