By Anjali Arondekar
The good judgment and the interpretive assets of For the Record come up out of 2 entangled and minoritized historiographies: one in South Asian stories and the opposite in queer/sexuality reviews. concentrating on overdue colonial India, Arondekar examines the spectacularization of sexuality in anthropology, legislation, literature, and pornography from 1843 until eventually 1920. by way of turning to fabrics and/or destinations which are known to such a lot students of queer and subaltern experiences, Arondekar considers sexuality on the middle of the colonial archive instead of at its margins. each one bankruptcy addresses a sort of archival loss, troped both in a language of disappearance or paucity, simulacrum or detritus: from Richard Burton’s lacking record on male brothels in Karáchi (1845) to a failed sodomy prosecution in Northern India, Queen Empress v. Khairati (1884), and from the ever-present India-rubber dildos present in colonial pornography of the mid-to-late 19th century to the archival detritus of Kipling’s tales concerning the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
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For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies) by Anjali Arondekar