By Robert Aldrich
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, used to be lengthy recognized to guests 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 past due 1800s to the trendy day, delivering a heritage of homosexuality, go back and forth and cultural come upon at the island.
The booklet bargains profiles of significant figures in Sri Lankan tradition and of gay viewers, either recognized and notorious, to the island. It discusses the reports of sojourners together with the Victorian social reformer Edward chippie and the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel, such British and American writers as Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke, and the Australian painter Donald pal. It additionally will pay specific awareness to Lionel Wendt, probably 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 paintings, Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, and the wildlife of the island. Their studies encouraged sleek writing, artwork and dance. Cultural impacts moved in either instructions, in spite of the fact that, and Sri Lankans additionally chanced on proposal from in a foreign country. The booklet argues that homosexuals performed a massive position within the transmission of cultural affects from Sri Lanka to the remainder of the area, and from the broader international 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 research of Sri Lanka as a domain of homosexual trip. a good research of trans-national cultural alternate, sexuality and the relationships among them, it is going to be of curiosity to teachers within the box of Asian experiences, Colonial background 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