By Robert Aldrich
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, was once lengthy recognized to visitors 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 trendy day, supplying a background of homosexuality, trip and cultural come upon at the island.
The ebook 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 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 good friend. It additionally will pay specific realization to Lionel Wendt, probably the most very important modernist photographers outdoors 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 wildlife of the island. Their reviews motivated sleek writing, artwork and dance. Cultural affects moved in either instructions, besides the fact that, and Sri Lankans additionally chanced on concept from in a foreign country. The booklet argues that homosexuals performed a big position 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 booklet is the 1st research of Sri Lanka as a domain of homosexual trip. a great examine 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 background and homosexual and Queer Studies.