Identity at the margins: Queer diasporic film and the exploration of same-sex desire in Deepa Mehta’s fire

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Abstract

In a collection entitled Queer Globalizations, Gayatri Gopinath argues that films like Deepa Mehta's film Fire traverse a complex transnational space in their trajectory of production and consumption that necessitates a supple analysis of the discourses they generate. Following Gopinath and using Fire as a case in point, I wish to argue that the transnational space occupied by a film like Fire is a politically complex space, composed of a right wing-influenced diasporic discourse about women and sexuality and a globalized essentializing of homosexuality in neo-liberal India, both of which are resisted by this film. On the contrary, I argue that its treatment of women's sexuality as non-heterosexual but also not definitely lesbian offers a resistant narrative of women's bodies that could only result from the negotiation of this complex transnational space. Copyright © 2010 Intellect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-39
JournalStudies in South Asian Film & Media
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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Banerjee, B. (2010). Identity at the margins: Queer diasporic film and the exploration of same-sex desire in Deepa Mehta’s fire. Studies in South Asian Film & Media, 2(1), 19-39. doi: 10.1386/safm.2.1.19_1

Keywords

  • Queer studies
  • Deepa Mehta
  • Feminism
  • Heterosexual hegemony Indian middle-class
  • Homosexual desire
  • Patriarchy