The British Raj and the Memsahib
This book argues that although the memsahib’s female gaze has been spoken of, it has not been adequately emphasized and examined. Aiming at filling that gap by uncovering the world of British India as seen and shown by white women in colonial as well as postcolonial literatures, this compilation brings together scholarly essays on memsahibs’ literature and Raj writings, including men’s writings about memsahibs, spanning from before India’s independence to the post-Independence period.
As the first critical collection of essays to consider the representation of sexuality across such a wide variety of contemporary writing, Sexuality and Contemporary Literature analytically foregrounds insights into the historical and current arrangements of sexuality that contemporary literature provides, while also inviting the reader to imagine other possibilities for the future that literary texts open up.
A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships
“This is a fascinating investigation of the meaning of ‘love,’ ‘sex,’ and ‘fidelity’ for different kinds of couples. Kassia Wosick reports on ... couples that were straight and gay, monogamous and non-monogamous, traditional and polyamorous. ... The traditional focus on sexual exclusivity does not fit many contemporary relationships. This is a very valuable book for researchers and therapists, and for all of us who care about ‘love,’ ‘sex,’ and ‘faithfulness’.” – Professor Francesca Cancian, University of California, Irvine
“This book marks a genuinely new departure in European history of sexuality studies … [and covers] a broad historical span and treat a wide-ranging array of fascinating topics from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century witch-hunts to historically recent debates about French secularism, Islamophobia, and the wearing of the veil. This book is a must-read for all students and scholars of French and European studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the history of ideas.” – Lisa Downing, Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality, University of Birmingham