Sunday, 10 February 2013

Depiction of ‘Gay’ in Literature and Cinema

In postmodern era when we are left with no centre to hold things together, emerges an anxiety to find some centres, pieces of glass to recreate the whole. The search even takes in account the cultures which existed, and exist but couldn’t find niche in the (re) productive society. 

As Foucault says, Sex is not modern, talking about it is. Gay culture is not a recent, sudden development in the progress of human civilisation, as scholars would argue, it had been in society from unlettered times. Same sex bonding – emotional, physical and intellectual – have always been integral to human interactions and have been documented as such. After Freudian impact, human identity gets defined in terms of sexuality and sexual orientation leading to the invention of new terms and terminologies, however it has its own inadequacies. Hoshang Merchant writes in preface to Yaarana, “Many educated Indians confuse ‘homosexual’ with ‘eunuch’.” Gay identity is misunderstood. Bollywood, through misrepresentation, further betrays gay identity. 

This issue of Literophile aims to generate comment on literature dealing with/discourse on Gay identity from this point of reference. Accordingly, our interest here is same sex male relationships – gay relationships – only, and we invite by Sunday, 7 th of April 2013 original and annotated papers and/or semi-academic articles and commentaries of not more than 3000 words on the same. We invite submissions on gay identities and experiences from in and beyond the subcontinent. Submissions may be built around, but not simply be restricted to, the following: 

 ‘Gay’: etymolog(ies)y and aesthetics 
 Engendering queerness: towards a gay narratology 
 Being gay: rights, activism and fiction 
 Criticism and the gay explosion 
Dost ‘dost’ na raha: same sex subtexts in normative cinema 
 Gay, effeminate: myths; practices 
 Cinema and homophobia 

Please note that papers must be annotated in accordance with MLA regulations. Contributors are also requested to submit short bio-notes (of not more than 200 words).