South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Session 21: The Aesthetics of Dissent Part II: Gender, Identity and Violence

In this session, we will continue discussing the intersections between aesthetics and political/social conflict and dissent by looking at two readings that highlight the gendered nature of aesthetics.  The first, by Deepti Misri, examines the female body as a site of violence in Salman Rushdie’s novel Shame, revealing what the importance of physical embodiment and affect in violence, whether it be connected to nationalism, religion, or gender.  The second, by Usha Zacharias, looks at how media representations of an event of communal violence in Kerala used images of women to effectively gender emotions around the event.

Sudhir Patwardhan. "Riot." Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

Sudhir Patwardhan. “Riot.” Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

Conceptual Readings

  1. Misri, Deepti.  “‘A Family’s Shame Meda Flesh’: Shame, Violence, and the Body in Salman Rushdie’s Shame,” in States of Trauma: Gender and Violence in South Asia, edited by Piya Chatterjee, Manali Desai, and Parama Roy.  New Delhi: Zubaan, 2009. 314-339.
  2. Zacharias, Usha.  “Gender, Citizenship and Visual Culture.” In Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia- Notes on the Postcolonial Present, edited by Angagna Chatterji and Lubna Nazier Chaudhry.  New Delhi: Zubaan, 2012. 49-73.

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