By Robert Aldrich
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, used to be lengthy recognized to travelers for its luxuriant landscapes, vibrant temples and pleasant population – the island as soon as named Serendip. This ebook explores the sojourns of homosexual viewers from the past due 1800s to the fashionable day, supplying a historical past 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 reviews of sojourners together with the Victorian social reformer Edward wood worker and the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel, such British and American writers as Paul Bowles and Arthur C. Clarke, and the Australian painter Donald buddy. It additionally can pay specific awareness to Lionel Wendt, essentially the most vital modernist photographers outdoor Europe. For those figures, an erotic appreciation of younger males whom they encountered combined with curiosity in Sinhalese paintings, Buddhist and Hindu spirituality, and the natural world of the island. Their studies encouraged sleek writing, paintings and dance. Cultural impacts moved in either instructions, although, and Sri Lankans additionally chanced on proposal from in a foreign country. The booklet argues that homosexuals performed an important function within the transmission of cultural impacts 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 learn of Sri Lanka as a domain of homosexual trip. a great learn of trans-national cultural trade, sexuality and the relationships among them, it will likely be of curiosity to lecturers within the box of Asian reports, Colonial heritage and homosexual and Queer Studies.
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