Queering India: Constructing the Exotic Other Through Hijra Characters
English Seminar Series
English research seminar by Sarah Newport. Sarah is a Research Assistant in the School of Arts and Humanities.
- When: Wednesday 24 January 2018, 1 pm
- Location: MAE101, Mary Anne Evans Building, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Nottingham NG11 8NS,
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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Seminar Series, Sarah Newport, Research Assistant to the Postcolonial Studies Centre at NTU, speaking on her paper. There will be a question and answer session at the end. This session is an hour long.
Sarah's paper explores the ways that hijras, India’s most established third gender group, are used as representatives of otherness, exoticism and deviance in contemporary fiction, in the process contributing to an orientalist image of India as a land of exotic sexuality and uncontainable excess. Hijras, traditionally understood as sacred beings in Hinduism imbibed with the ability to bless and curse the fertility of binary-gendered citizens, find themselves negotiating an increasingly complex social landscape in the postcolonial present, including widespread poverty, marginalisation and police abuse. I argue that literary representations of hijras extend and endorse this marginalisation, portraying them as symbolic, anti-social scape goats and containers for society’s darkest desires, offering them little hope of entering the mainstream.
Please note no hospitality will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own drinks into the room.
Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham NG11 8NS
Parking is available on Clifton campus. Please use the Main Entrance to enter campus.