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Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East (Hardback)
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Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 30/11/2017
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In Unveiling Desire, Devaleena Das and Colette Morrow show that the duality of the fallen/saved woman is as prevalent in Eastern culture as it is in the West, specifically in literature and films. Using examples from the Middle to Far East, including Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Japan, and China, this anthology challenges the fascination with Eastern women as passive, abject, or sexually exotic, but also resists the temptation to then focus on the veil, geisha, sati, or Muslim women's oppression without exploring Eastern women's sexuality beyond these contexts. The chapters cover instead mind/body sexual politics, patriarchal cultural constructs, the anatomy of sex and power in relation to myth and culture, denigration of female anatomy, and gender performativity. From Persepolis to Bollywood, and from fairy tales to crime fiction, the contributors to Unveiling Desire show how the struggle for women's liberation is truly global.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813587851
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Unveiling Desire's greatest contribution is its exploration of the nexus of Eastern and Western feminisms. Readers will discover how the trope of the fallen woman appears in a fascinating array of texts, engaging themes of female agency, colonialism, nationalism, and patriarchal traditions."
--Amy Levin "editor of Global Mobilities: Refugees, Exiles, and Immigrants in Museums and Archives "
"Unveiling Desire is an excellent book-length study of non-Western women's sexuality and sexual desires that provides a much-needed corrective to Western feminist Orientalisms and their attendant chauvinisms. Breathtaking in its scope--from the nineteenth-century Bengali widow in South Asia to sex workers in Tokugawa-era Japan--this collection of essays is a must read for anyone interested in gender, sexuality, and feminism."--Krupa Shandilya "author of Intimate Relations: Social Reform and the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel "
"Enhanced for academia, Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to college and university library Women's Studies, Asian Studies, Literary Studies, Film/Media Studies collections." --Midwest Book Review

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