Ep. 8: Courtesans in the Indian Imagination with Ruth Vanita

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In this eighth episode of India Booked, Ayushi Mona speaks to the stalwart academic and writer Ruth Vanita.

They chat about her journey writing about the courtesans of India (in Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema and Memory of Light), what inspired her to write about the courtesan culture, how Victorian morality changed the ideas of pleasure in Indian society and made the “dominant attitude” as anti-pleasure, her favourite cinematic depiction of courtesans, and much much more.

Tune in now on the channel of your choice.

Ruth Vanita is an Indian academic, activist and author who specialises in British and Indian literary history with a focus on gender and sexuality studies. 

Prakruti Maniar

Prakruti Maniar

Prakruti Maniar is editor and partner of Purple Pencil Project, and hustles as a writer, researcher and more. She is deeply invested in cultural heritage, especially stories, and is committed to saving the literary heritage of India. She has a Master of Arts in Digital Humanities from Loyola University Chicago.

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