<i>Bhalobasha</i>, <i>Biye</i>, <i>Biplab</i>

Srila Roy

in Remembering Revolution

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198081722
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082223 | DOI:
Bhalobasha, Biye, Biplab

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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

Chapter.  8882 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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