New PDF release: Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in

By Arnika Fuhrmann

ISBN-10: 0822361191

ISBN-13: 9780822361190

ISBN-10: 0822361558

ISBN-13: 9780822361558

Through an exam of post-1997 Thai cinema and video artwork Arnika Fuhrmann exhibits how vernacular Buddhist tenets, tales, and photographs mix with sexual politics in figuring present struggles over notions of personhood, sexuality, and collective lifestyles. The drama, horror, background, and experimental paintings movies she analyzes draw on Buddhist-informed conceptions of impermanence and prominently characteristic the motif of the feminine ghost. In those motion pictures the characters' eroticization within the spheres of loss and dying represents an improvisation at the Buddhist disavowal of attachment and highlights under-recognized woman and queer hope and patience. Her feminist and queer readings show the entangled relationships among movie, sexuality, Buddhist rules, and the Thai state's legislation of heteronormative sexuality. Fuhrmann thereby offers insights into the configuration of up to date Thailand whereas starting up new probabilities for pondering queer personhood and femininity.

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