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Remembering RevolutionGender, Violence, and Subjectivity in India's Naxalbari Movement$
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Srila Roy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.001.0001

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Bhalobasha, Biye, Biplab

Bhalobasha, Biye, Biplab

On the Politics of Sexual Stories

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Remembering Revolution

Srila Roy

Oxford University Press

This chapter turns to narratives of love, marriage, and sexuality—themes that have garnered little or no attention in left historiography—that probe the cultural constructions of revolutionary masculinity, heroic femininity, and those of revolutionary romance. In considering poetic, literary, and filmic representations of intimacy, we see how a utopian vision of revolutionary romance and conjugality in Naxalbari (as in other radical movements) conformed to the received conventionality with regard to gender and sexuality. While the analysis of this chapter explores the production of subjectivities through popular narratives, it also begins to unravel the way in which self-identity is grounded in the ability to deny, silence, or abject contradictory and contentious aspects of the past, especially around sexuality.

Keywords:   Love, Marriage, Sexuality, Respectability, Bhadralok sexual mores, Poetry, Fiction

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