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By Anjali Arondekar

Anjali Arondekar considers the connection among sexuality and the colonial archive by means of posing the next questions: Why does sexuality (still) search its fact within the historic archive? What are the spatial and temporal logics that compel this type of go back? And conversely, what sort of “archive” does one of these recuperative hermeneutics produce? instead of render sexuality’s courting to the colonial archive in the course of the most well liked lens of old invisibility (which may presume that there's whatever approximately sexuality that's misplaced or silent and wishes to “come out”), Arondekar engages sexuality’s recursive lines in the colonial archive opposed to and during our very hope for access.

The good judgment and the interpretive assets of For the Record come up out of 2 entangled and minoritized historiographies: one in South Asian reports and the opposite in queer/sexuality experiences. targeting overdue colonial India, Arondekar examines the spectacularization of sexuality in anthropology, legislation, literature, and pornography from 1843 until eventually 1920. by way of turning to fabrics and/or destinations which are favourite to such a lot students of queer and subaltern stories, Arondekar considers sexuality on the heart of the colonial archive instead of at its margins. each one bankruptcy addresses a kind of archival loss, troped both in a language of disappearance or paucity, simulacrum or detritus: from Richard Burton’s lacking document on male brothels in Karáchi (1845) to a failed sodomy prosecution in Northern India, Queen Empress v. Khairati (1884), and from the ever present India-rubber dildos present in colonial pornography of the mid-to-late 19th century to the archival detritus of Kipling’s tales in regards to the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

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Jutzi’s claims about the dramatic shift in Burton’s handwriting in a fouryear period are amply verified by even a cursory viewing of the available Burton papers and texts. For example, Burton’s handwritten marginalia, penned just a few years after he left India, are indeed barely readable. Curiously, it is Burton’s handwriting in English that lurches into unreadability; his handwriting in Marathi or Arabic, for instance, remains clear and eminently readable throughout his career. Thus even as more of Burton’s lost archive is recovered, its contents still exceed readerly access, folded literally into a script of secret and compacted writing.

Several scholars of colonialism have interrogated the archival assumptions and predilections of colonial studies. For example, Thomas Richards has argued that the colonial archive (especially in South Asia) was a product of the combined merger of imperial knowledge as both ‘‘positive and comprehensive,’’ while Nicholas Dirks contends that the colonial archive registers the state’s increasing reliance on ethnographies as a form of knowledge. ’’ 17. ’’ 18. Guha, Elementary Aspects. 19. ’’ 271–311.

These observations are largely drawn from a series of responses to my work by an anonymous reviewer at Duke University Press. I am also grateful to Milind Wakankar for sharing his unpublished writing on Dalit historiography and the text of disappearance. 2. Burton, Archive Stories, 1–25. 3. Any current awareness of the archive is impossible without an acknowledgment of its enduring (and embattled) presence in the scholarship on slavery. The project of this book in many ways is only possible because of such e√orts.

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