Foucault and the Kamasutra

Kāmasūtra, 1.4.31–32. 4. Kāmasūtra, 1.4.31. 5. Kāmasūtra, 1.4.8. 6. Kāmasūtra, 1.4.22–23. 7. Kāmasūtra, 1.4.24–26. 8. Kāmasūtra, 1.4.10, 12. 9. Kāmasūtra, 1.4.13. 10. For an exhaustive account of the origin and evolution of the idea of ...

Foucault and the Kamasutra

The Kamasutra is best known in the West for its scandalous celebration of unbridled sensuality. Yet, there is much, much more to it; embedded in the text is a vision of the city founded on art and aesthetic pleasure. In Foucault and the "Kamasutra", Sanjay K. Gautam lays out the nature and origin of this iconic Indian text and engages in the first serious reading of its relationship with Foucault. Gautam shows how closely intertwined the history of erotics in Indian culture is with the history of theater-aesthetics grounded in the discourse of love, and Foucault provides the framework for opening up an intellectual horizon of Indian thought. To do this, Gautam looks to the history of three inglorious characters in classical India: the courtesan and her two closest male companions—her patron, the dandy consort; and her teacher and advisor, the dandy guru. Foucault’s distinction between erotic arts and the science of sexuality drives Gautam’s exploration of the courtesan as a symbol of both sexual-erotic and aesthetic pleasure. In the end, by entwining together Foucault’s works on the history of sexuality in the West and the classical Indian texts on eros, Gautam transforms our understanding of both, even as he opens up new ways of investigating erotics, aesthetics, gender relations, and subjectivity.

On Hinduism

Kamasutra non-Indian's, has become or even part of the Orientalist mythology of India, the non-Hindu's, fantasy of the otherness of the sexuality of other cultures imagined as simultaneously over-sexed and impotent.

On Hinduism

On Hinduism is a penetrating analysis of many of the most crucial and contested issues in Hinduism, from the Vedas to the present day. In a series of 63 connected essays, it discusses Hindu concepts of polytheism, death, gender, art, contemporary puritanism, non-violence, and much more.

Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India

The Kamasutra is concerned essentially with classification: it gives names to things and enumerates them, claiming that to know these enables one to act in a way that will ensure the highest possible gratification.

Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India

The oldest surviving anthology of lyric poems from India, the Sattasai presents the many aspects of love and provides a realistic counterpart to the Kāmasūtra.

Gandhi s Tiger and Sita s Smile

Conflict and Anxiety in Modern Hindi Translations of the Kamasutra There could be individual cases of homosexual behavior in Pakistan , but it would be kept secret because ... outing such unnatural sexual activity would invite legal and ...

Gandhi s Tiger and Sita s Smile

Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Smile presents a collection of compelling essays which interrogate a variety of Indian texts and contexts along intersecting axes of gender, nation, and desire. The primary theme that weaves these varied essays together, written at different points of time with varying focal points of interest, is intertextuality. Vanita examines the way in which medieval texts speak to each other and draw on earlier canonical works, rewriting and transforming narrative in a spirit of respectful conversation. She also looks at modern texts, such as nineteenth-century poetry and twentieth-century fiction and cinema, as they converse with each other and with older texts. In doing so, she tries to explore how such pre-modern and modern texts are received in later periods or by other cultures in the same period. These captivating and intensely thought-provoking writings demonstrate the author's superb ability to turn the norm, whether Right-wing or Left-Wing, on its head, and find a fresh way to appreciate diversity and change, and the valuable dialogue they give rise to.

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions

cetics meander through the Kamasutra—nuns, on the one hand, and courtesans, on the other, were the only women in ancient India who could move freely throughout the entire social system. There are literary ties, too, ...

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions

This is the first comprehensive resource on the subject of love in the teachings of the world's major religions, cultures, and philosophies.

What Kamasutra Tells You 1 0

In the Kama Sutra the section partitioned off to lovemaking gives you an outline of the four steps for that perfect union: Preparation, Foreplay, Sexual Congress, and Afterplay. A. True B. False was printed in 1883 by the renowned ...

What Kamasutra Tells You   1 0

INDIA! The land of Kamasutra! If love making is an art, then Kamasutra is the 'bible' for it... Written by Vatsayayana, a Brahmin from the holy ghats of Varanasi [Kasi] in 200 BC, Kamasutra is the oldest book on Sex on this planet. Want to know what Vatsayayana written in Kamasutra? Then, read this ebook...

Redeeming the Kamasutra

Reviews of books dealing with the Kamasutra in recent years have had titles like 'Assume the Position' and 'Position Impossible'. Cosmopolitan magazine published two editions of its 'Cosmo Kamasutra', offering '12 brand-new ...

Redeeming the Kamasutra

"In this scholarly and superbly readable book, one of the world's foremost authorities on ancient Indian texts seeks to restore the Kamasutra to its proper place in the Sanskrit canon, as a landmark of India's secular literature. In investigating, and helping us understand, a much celebrated but under-appreciated text, Wendy Doniger has produced a rich and compelling text of her own that will interest, delight, and surprise scholars and lay readers alike"--

Investigations in Kau alya s Manual of Political Science

We read in the second chapter of the first book of the Kāmasūtra : “ dharma is the promotion of sacrifices , etc. in accordance with the authoritative manuals which [ sacrifices ) are [ however ] not undertaken , because they are not of ...

Investigations in Kau   alya s Manual of Political Science


Against Dharma

Both the Arthashastra and the Kamasutra offer detailed, but not identical, lists of the skills of a courtesan (2.27.28; 1.3.15). Both texts speak about the use of male statues as dildos—the Arthashastra, specifying that the statues are ...

Against Dharma

An esteemed scholar of Hinduism presents a groundbreaking interpretation of ancient Indian texts and their historic influence on subversive resistance Ancient Hindu texts speak of the three aims of human life: dharma,artha, and kama. Translated, these might be called religion, politics, and pleasure, and each is held to be an essential requirement of a full life. Balance among the three is a goal not always met, however, and dharma has historically taken precedence over the other two qualities in Hindu life. Here, historian of religions Wendy Doniger offers a spirited and close reading of ancient Indian writings, unpacking a long but unrecognized history of opposition against dharma. Doniger argues that scientific disciplines (shastras) have offered lively and continuous criticism of dharma, or religion, over many centuries. She chronicles the tradition of veiled subversion, uncovers connections to key moments of resistance and voices of dissent throughout Indian history, and offers insights into the Indian theocracy’s subversion of science by religion today.

History of Indian Theatre Classical theatre

Vatsyayana in the Nagarakavrittaprakarana of his Kamasutra refers to the practice of the citizens to go for a picnic along with courtesans and along with various entertainments indulge in the pastime of cockfight as a form of gambling ...

History of Indian Theatre  Classical theatre


History of Indian Literature

between these works makes it probable that the Kamasutra is separated from the Kauțilīya - Arthaśāstra only by a short span of time . So in case the age of the latter was in the 3rd century A.D. , the Kāmaśūtra should have been written ...

History of Indian Literature


The Implied Spider

92 Most of the Kamasutra's reasons make perfectly good sense to a contemporary Western reader (we may even imagine our own reasons for the jeweler's wife to commit adultery: seeing the rich gifts that other men gave to their women but ...

The Implied Spider

Wendy Doniger's foundational study is both modern in its engagement with a diverse range of religions and refreshingly classic in its transhistorical, cross-cultural approach. By responsibly analyzing patterns and themes across context. Doniger reinvigorates the comparative reading of religion while tapping into a wealth of narrative traditions. from the instructive tales of Judaism and Christianity to the moral lessons of the Bhagavad Gita. She extracts political meaning from a variety of texts while respecting the original ideas of each. A new preface confronts the difficulty of contextualizing the comparison of religions as well as controversies over choosing subjects and positioning arguments, and the text itself is expanded and updated throughout. `An entertaining and highly accessible look at how myths reveal what is common to all humanity.---Parabola `A racy, enjoyable book...Wendy Doniger brings to her study a wealth of story and folklore from many different traditions, exploring creatively the enduring role of myth through time and across cultures.---Theological Book Review `A timely meditation on what comparative studies might mean...a cross-cultural comparison of different stories from different areas of the world, different tribes, different languages."---London Review of Books "A book that is particularly worthy of the attention of readers in religious studies beyond the history of religions. Since it is Wendy Doniger's most methodological book. The Implied Spider is important, not fur its analysis of myths, but for the arguments that it makes in support of the comparative study of myths.'---Religious Studies Review "By analyzing the political, theological, and psychological structures of the sacred stories of various cultures through time, from the Hebrew Bible to Star Trek. Doniger shows how myths create a shared interdisciplinary narrative of all human creatures....Ranging widely, she offers a detailed, scholarly account."---Library Journal "Sparkingg with erudite and often entertaining intertextual references. The implied Spider is an impressive web delicately constructed of deft analysis together with a sustained argument about the myth's ability to convey and conjure the theological and the political. With its challenges to literary theorists, historians, and ethnographers, it takes various bulls by their respective horns, It will doubtless delight and surely provoke readers, whatever their ilk."---Church History

Indian Sex Life

He emphasizes that Kamasutra was an ideal source for positivistinterpretations of enduring customs, the origins of the essential character of Indian people. According to his argument, while the ancient Sanskrit texts of the Dharmasastra ...

Indian Sex Life

During the colonial period in India, European scholars, British officials, and elite Indian intellectuals—philologists, administrators, doctors, ethnologists, sociologists, and social critics—deployed ideas about sexuality to understand modern Indian society. In Indian Sex Life, Durba Mitra shows how deviant female sexuality, particularly the concept of the prostitute, became foundational to this knowledge project and became the primary way to think and write about Indian society. Bringing together vast archival materials from diverse disciplines, Mitra reveals that deviant female sexuality was critical to debates about social progress and exclusion, caste domination, marriage, widowhood and inheritance, women's performance, the trafficking of girls, abortion and infanticide, industrial and domestic labor, indentured servitude, and ideologies about the dangers of Muslim sexuality. British authorities and Indian intellectuals used the concept of the prostitute to argue for the dramatic reorganization of modern Indian society around Hindu monogamy. Mitra demonstrates how the intellectual history of modern social thought is based in a dangerous civilizational logic built on the control and erasure of women's sexuality. This logic continues to hold sway in present-day South Asia and the postcolonial world. Reframing the prostitute as a concept, Indian Sex Life overturns long-established notions of how to write the history of modern social thought in colonial India, and opens up new approaches for the global history of sexuality.

K vya in South India

According to the Kāmasūtra the lists form the basis of a rational decision which leads to the highest possible gratification . This becomes clear from a passage in II 1 , which introduces a distinction among both men and women on the ...

K  vya in South India

This volume deals with the identification of the various genres of Caṅkam poetry with literary types from the Sanskrit Kāvya tradition. Counterparts have been found exclusively among Prākrit and Apabhraṁśa texts, which indicate that in Caṅkam poetry Tamil has been specifically assigned the role of a Prākrit.

Sex Law and the Politics of Age

The reclaiming of sexology as a Hindu science involved a complex process of two-way translations begun in the late nineteenth century with the colonial “discovery” of the “the world's ur sex manual,” the Kamasutra.16 Believed to have ...

Sex  Law  and the Politics of Age

Ishita Pande's innovative study provides a dual biography of India's path-breaking Child Marriage Restraint Act (1929) and of 'age' itself as a key category of identity for upholding the rule of law, and for governing intimate life in late colonial India. Through a reading of legislative assembly debates, legal cases, government reports, propaganda literature, Hindi novels and sexological tracts, Pande tells a wide-ranging story about the importance of debates over child protection to India's coming of age. By tracing the history of age in colonial India she illuminates the role of law in sculpting modern subjects, demonstrating how seemingly natural age-based exclusions and understandings of legal minority became the alibi for other political exclusions and the minoritization of entire communities in colonial India. In doing so, Pande highlights how childhood as a political category was fundamental not just to ideas of sexual norms and domestic life, but also to the conceptualisation of citizenship and India as a nation in this formative period.

The Anthropologist and the Native

The Arthaśāstra and the Kāmasūtra The fantasy of sneaking into the harem is part of a broader mythology of intrigue that the Kāmasūtra presents, a whole new erotic mythology that it creates by applying to sex the Machiavellian politics ...

The Anthropologist and the Native

This book is a collection of 20 essays by international scholars collated in honor of Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, whose writings have contributed to the fields of South Asian studies and anthropology.

A Question of Silence

Unravelling the Kamasutra KUMKUM ROY The blurb of one of the most recent English translations of the Kamasutra , that by Danielou , describes the text as “ the world's oldest and most widely read guide to the pleasures and techniques of ...

A Question of Silence

Has there been a "conspiracy of silence" regarding sexuality in India, be it within social movements or as a focus of scholarship? This book interrogates this assumption in order to thematize a crucial field. From unraveling the Kamasutra (the text) to investigating KamaSutra (the condom) the volume includes essays on how sexuality has been framed by the law, within social movements, or has been the site for patrolled caste, ethnic, or gender identities. Other essays analyze cinematic, televisual, and literary representations of sexuality. Taken as a whole, this book makes room for more wide-ranging approaches for tackling the sexual economies of desire and violence among men and women in modern India.

Indian Society Institutions and Change

It appears to be ordinary while enjoying but its results are most pleasant . Laying emphasis upon the value of Kama in Youth , Vatsyayan has said in Kamasutra that one should enjoy Kama in youth . Dividing the average age of one hundred ...

Indian Society  Institutions and Change

The Book Highlights The Nature And Features Of Indian Society And The Charges That Has Taken Place In Various Social Institutions During Different Historical Phases.This Is Comprehensive Book And Covers Subjects Widely Prescribed In The Syllabi Of Various Indian Universities At The Under-Graduate And Post-Graduate Levels In Sociology. The Topics Covered Include Indian Society, Indian Society And Culture, Indian Society And Social Institutions, Social Change In India And Indian Social Institutions, Contemporary Indian Society And Culture.While The Subject Has Been Presented In An Analytical Style With Central, Side And Running Headings, Integral And Holistic View Has Been Adopted, In Matters Having Different Opinions. The Language Is Easy And Free Of Technical Jargon As Far As Possible. At The End Of Each Chapter, Questions Of University Examinations Have Been Given To Help The Students For Preparing Well For The Examination. This Ideal Textbook Will Prove Most Useful To The Students, Teachers, Policymakers And Common Readers.

Irreverence and the Sacred

This essay (under the title of “Glossing Un-Dharma with Dharma: The Double-Talk of the Arthashastra and the Kamasutra”) was delivered at a conference in honor of Bruce Lincoln at the University of Chicago on November 4, 2016.

Irreverence and the Sacred

Irreverence and the Sacred brings together some of the most cutting edge, interdisciplinary, and international scholars working today in order to debate key issues in the critical and comparative study of religion. The project is inspired in large part by the work of Bruce Lincoln, whose influential and wide-ranging scholarship has consistently posed challenging, provocative, and often-irreverent questions that have really pushed the boundaries of the field of religious studies in important, sometimes controversial ways. Retracing the history of the discipline of religious studies, Lincoln argues that the field has tended to champion a "validating, feel-good" approach to religion, rather than posing more critical questions about religious claims to authority and their role in history, politics, and social change. A critical approach to the history of religions, he suggests, would focus on the human, temporal, and material aspects of phenomena that are claimed to have a superhuman, eternal, or transcendent status. This volume takes up Lincoln's challenge to "do better," by engaging in critical analyses of four key themes in the study of religion: myth, ritual, gender, and politics. The book also interrogates the "politics of scholarship" itself, critically examining the relations of power and material interests at work in the study as well as the practice of religion. The scholars involved in this project include not only some of the most important figures in the American study of religion--such as Wendy Doniger, Russell McCutcheon, Ivan Strenski, and Lincoln himself--but also European scholars whose work is hugely influential overseas but not as well known in the U.S.--such as Stefan Arvidsson, Claude Calame, Nicolas Meylan, and others.

Indian Linguistic Studies

Some Remarks on the Final Verses of the Kāmasūtra ALBRECHT WEZLER 1. It has for long been common practice that scholars dealing , in some way or the other , with the Kāmasūtra , or any other work of Kāmaśāstra , deem it advisable to ...

Indian Linguistic Studies

Eminent scholaars of Indian Liguistics have offered insightful articles in honor of Prof. George Cardona, a luminary in the field of Indo-European, Indo-Aryan, and Paninian Studies for the past four decades. Besides Cardona`s bibliography, the volume contains 23 papers in the following areas: 1. Sanskrit Grammatical Theory; 2. Karaka Studies; 3. Historical Studies in Grammatical Traditions; 4. Lexical Studies; 5. Studies in Culture; 6. Modern Indian Languages. This volume represents cutting-edge research in the field of Indian Linguistic and Culture.