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Vikash N. Pandey

In: Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia

Chapter 8: Emancipated Bodies/Embodying Liberation: Debating Through Fire1

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Emancipated Bodies/Embodying Liberation: Debating Through Fire1
Emancipated bodies/embodying liberation: Debating through fire
Vikash N.Pandey

The body is at once the most solid, the most elusive, illusory, concrete, metaphorical, ever present and ever distant thing—a site, an instrument, an environment, a singularity and a multiplicity.2

The film Fire by Deepa Mehta had evoked considerable public and academic debate. Subsequent to its screening in India, there have been some excellent reviews. In addition, much has been written and debated about the contextual dimensions of the film.3 I do not intend to repeat all of this. In this essay, I discuss certain elements in Mehta's film in the context of the particular concerns that engage my thoughts. The specific aim is to reflect upon the resurrection of the body—female body, ...

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