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The Transgendered Devotee: Ambiguity of Gender in Devotional Poetry:

20 May 2018-Indian Journal of Gender Studies (SAGE PublicationsSage India: New Delhi, India)-Vol. 25, Iss: 2, pp 151-179

TL;DR: The concept of identity often becomes convoluted within the tradition of bhakti (devotion of god) as discussed by the authors, and the concept of "identity" often becomes complicated within the traditional tradition of Bhakti.

AbstractThe concept of ‘identity’ often becomes convoluted within the tradition of bhakti (devotion of god). This article engages in a comparative study of two of Lord Krishna’s devotees, each from a diffe...

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TL;DR: The body politics of Julia Kristeva and the Body Politics of JuliaKristeva as discussed by the authors are discussed in detail in Section 5.1.1 and Section 6.2.1.
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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors analyzed two transgender themed films and the audience reception of those representations by 20 members of the transgender community, and applied syntagmatic and paradigmatic analyses to understand how images are used to represent and relay information to the audience.
Abstract: The transgender community in India, commonly known as hijras, consists of people who were born as males but address themselves as females. They have been considered as the third gender in India for millennia and have had specific religious and sociocultural values and roles, but are forced to live in shadows in this day and age. Isolation of this community is also reflected in the way transgender characters are represented in Indian entertainment media. The study analyses two transgender themed films semiotically and the audience reception of those representations by 20 members of the transgender community. Semiotics is a helpful tool to understand the ways signs communicate ideas to viewers. This study applies syntagmatic and paradigmatic analyses to understand how images are used to represent and relay information to the audience. Reception theory along with double colonization has been incorporated in this study to analyse the ways in which the transgender community interprets the representations in entertainment media.

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TL;DR: The body politics of Julia Kristeva and the Body Politics of JuliaKristeva as mentioned in this paper are discussed in detail in Section 5.1.1 and Section 6.2.1.
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