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Part 1: Colonial Transitions 1. The Politics of Penetration: Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code Suparna Bhaskaran 2. Sultan Mahmud's Makover: Colonial Homophobia and the Persian-Urdu Literary Tradition Scott Kugle 3. Doganas and Zanakhis: The Invention and Subsequent Erasure of Urdu Poetry's "Lesbian" Voice Carla Petievich 4. Alienation, Intimacy, and Gender: Problems for a History of Love in South Asia Indrani Chatterjee 5. Eunuchs, Lesbians, and Other Mythical Beasts: Queering and Dequeering the Kama Sutra Michael J. Sweet Part 2: The Visions of Fiction 6. Loving Well: Homosexuality and Utopian Thought in Post/Colonial India Leela Gandhi 7. "Do I Remove My Skin?": Interrogating Identity in Suniti Namjoshi's Fables Anannya Dasgupta 8. "Queeresses All Mine": Same-Sex Desire in Kamala Das's Fiction and Poetry Rosemary Marangoly George 9. Homophobic Fiction/Homoerotic Advertising: The Pleasures and Perils of Twentieth-Century Indianness Ruth Vanita 10. What Mrs. Besahara Saw: Reflections on the Cay Coonda Lawrence Cohen Part 3: Performative Pleasures in Theater, TV, and Cinema 11. A Different Desire, a Different Femininity: Theatrical Transvestism in the Parsi; Quiarati, and Marathi Theaters, 1850-1940 Kathryn Hansen 12. Queer Bonds: Male Friendships in Contemporary Malayalam Cinema Muraleedharan T. 13. "I Sleep behind You": Male Homosociality and Homoeroticism in Indian Parallel Cinema Thomas Waugh 14. Queer Pleasures for Queer People: Film, Television, and Queer Sexuality in India Shohini Ghosh 15. On Fire: Sexuality and Its Incitements Geeta Patel 16. After the Fire Monica Bachmann Notes on Contributors Index