By Robert Aldrich
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, was once lengthy identified to travelers for its luxuriant landscapes, vibrant temples and pleasant population – the island as soon as named Serendip. This booklet explores the sojourns of homosexual viewers from the overdue 1800s to the fashionable day, delivering a background of homosexuality, commute and cultural come upon at the island.
The booklet bargains profiles of significant figures in Sri Lankan tradition and of gay viewers, either well-known and notorious, to the island. It discusses the studies of sojourners together with the Victorian social reformer Edward chippie and the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel, such British and American writers as Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke, and the Australian painter Donald good friend. It additionally will pay specific recognition to Lionel Wendt, the most vital modernist photographers outdoor Europe. For those figures, an erotic appreciation of younger males whom they encountered combined with curiosity in Sinhalese artwork, Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, and the natural world of the island. Their studies motivated glossy writing, artwork and dance. Cultural impacts moved in either instructions, although, and Sri Lankans additionally discovered thought from overseas. The ebook argues that homosexuals performed an enormous function within the transmission of cultural affects from Sri Lanka to the remainder of the area, and from the broader international to this Indian Ocean island.
Providing an unique research of homosexual cultures in Sri Lanka from Victorian encounters to the current day, this e-book is the 1st research of Sri Lanka as a website of homosexual trip. an exceptional research of trans-national cultural alternate, sexuality and the relationships among them, will probably be of curiosity to lecturers within the box of Asian reports, Colonial heritage and homosexual and Queer Studies.
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