By Robert Aldrich
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, used to be lengthy identified to visitors for its luxuriant landscapes, vibrant temples and pleasant population – the island as soon as named Serendip. This booklet explores the sojourns of homosexual viewers from the overdue 1800s to the trendy day, supplying a heritage of homosexuality, trip and cultural come upon at the island.
The e-book deals profiles of significant figures in Sri Lankan tradition and of gay viewers, either recognized and notorious, to the island. It discusses the studies of sojourners together with the Victorian social reformer Edward wood worker and the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel, such British and American writers as Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke, and the Australian painter Donald good friend. It additionally can pay specific consciousness to Lionel Wendt, essentially the most very important modernist photographers outdoors Europe. For those figures, an erotic appreciation of younger males whom they encountered combined with curiosity in Sinhalese artwork, Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, and the natural world of the island. Their stories inspired glossy writing, paintings and dance. Cultural impacts moved in either instructions, although, and Sri Lankans additionally came upon thought from out of the country. The ebook argues that homosexuals performed a tremendous position within the transmission of cultural affects from Sri Lanka to the remainder of the area, and from the broader global to this Indian Ocean island.
Providing an unique research of homosexual cultures in Sri Lanka from Victorian encounters to the current day, this booklet is the 1st learn of Sri Lanka as a website of homosexual commute. a good research of trans-national cultural trade, sexuality and the relationships among them, it is going to be of curiosity to lecturers within the box of Asian reports, Colonial historical past and homosexual and Queer Studies.
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Cultural Encounters and Homoeroticism in Sri Lanka: Sex and Serendipity (Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia) by Robert Aldrich