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Foucault and the Kamasutra: The Courtesan, the Dandy, and the Birth of Ars Erotica as Theater in India

Sanjay K. Gautam

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226348308
eISBN:
9780226348582
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226348582.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book is an historical exploration into the origins of the the Kāmasūtra, a treatise on sexual-erotic pleasure, and the Nātyaśāstra, a treatise on theater, music, dance, and aesthetic pleasure in ... More


Part III Part III Between Private and Public

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Analysed: Sudhir Kakar in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195698930
eISBN:
9780199080267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195698930.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Sudhir Kakar agrees that there is a rupture between the private and the public in India, citing as an example izzat or honour of the family. He explains why homosexuality is seen as a deviation in ... More


The Indian Psyche

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited: Conversations on Continuity and Change

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195689440
eISBN:
9780199080342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195689440.003.0019
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

Ramin Jahanbegloo interviews Sudhir Kakar, India's leading psychoanalyst. Focusing on the Indian psyche, Jahanbegloo and Kakar discuss the political and social distortions of religious thinking in ... More


The Courtesan and the Birth of Ars Erotica as Theater

Sanjay K. Gautam

in Foucault and the Kamasutra: The Courtesan, the Dandy, and the Birth of Ars Erotica as Theater in India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226348308
eISBN:
9780226348582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226348582.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter Three shows how the discourse of ars erotica in the Kāmasūtra historically originated in the figure of the courtesan. It locates the figure of the courtesan along two lines: as a historical ... More


The Dandy-Guru and the Birth of the Discourses of Erotics and Theater

Sanjay K. Gautam

in Foucault and the Kamasutra: The Courtesan, the Dandy, and the Birth of Ars Erotica as Theater in India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226348308
eISBN:
9780226348582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226348582.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter Five focuses on the figure of the dandy guru (viṭa) who straddles the domains of erotics and theater: he is the teacher-advisor to the courtesan and a person with all the necessary skills to ... More


Foucault and the Kāmasūtra: Parting Ways

Sanjay K. Gautam

in Foucault and the Kamasutra: The Courtesan, the Dandy, and the Birth of Ars Erotica as Theater in India

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226348308
eISBN:
9780226348582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226348582.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Postscript focuses on the parting of the ways between Foucault and the Kamasutra by way of a brief critical evaluation of Foucault’s turn in the last years of his life to the notions of truth and ... More


Understanding R. D. Karve: , Modernity, and the Appropriation of Global Sexual Science in Western India, 1927–1953

Shrikant Botre and Douglas E. Haynes

in Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520293373
eISBN:
9780520966673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293373.003.0008
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines how global concepts of sexual science were appropriated in western India during the period 1927–1953 by focusing on the case of R. D. Karve, a sexual scientist and birth-control ... More


Householders, Holy and Otherwise, in the Nı̄ti and Kāma Literature

Mark McClish

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter explores the use of terms for the “householder” in the extant nīti (statecraft) and kāma (erotics) texts of the classical period. It examines the word gṛhastha (“householder”), its ... More


The Third Nature : Gender Inversions in the Kamasutra 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the Kamasutra and what it says about gender. More specifically, it considers unexpectedly subtle stereotypes of feminine and masculine natures in the text, along with its ... More


The Control of Addiction in Ancient India 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0025
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines addiction (sakti) in Hinduism and its renunciation in ancient India. It discusses the corpus of scientific texts known as the shastras which focus on how ancient India addressed ... More


Reading the Kamasutra: It Isn't all about Sex 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0026
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Kamasutra, the oldest extant Hindu textbook of erotic love, offers descriptions of the positions in sexual intercourse, the erotic counterpart to the ascetic asanas of yoga. Written by Vatsyayana ... More


The Mythology of the Kamasutra 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0027
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the mythology of sex and gender in the Kamasutra. It considers stories in the Kamasutra designed to be told to women and the text’s ambivalence about sexual freedom, its views ... More


From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0028
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the resurgence of Puritanism in contemporary India, first by discussing erotic religious imagery in the context of Hinduism and the early history of Hindu eroticism and ... More


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