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Love, Longing, & Desire in South Asia

This course will investigate constructions of gender relations as power relations, as well as perceptions of sexuality in South Asia as historical phenomena from the seventeenth century to the present. Subjects include: cultural conceptions of family; notions of same-sex desire; law, tradition, and reform; the making of gender relations across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they were informed by colonialism and nationalism.


Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a requirement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in South Asian Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Meets the cultural diversity graduation requirement.