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Genders and sexualities in Indonesian cinema: constructing gay, lesbi and waria identities on screen

Murtagh, Ben (2013) Genders and sexualities in Indonesian cinema: constructing gay, lesbi and waria identities on screen. London, UK: Routledge. (Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia)

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Abstract

Indonesia has a long and rich tradition of homosexual and transgender cultures, and the past 40 years in particular has seen an increased visibility of sexual minorities in the country, which has been reflected through film and popular culture. This book examines how representations of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals and communities have developed in Indonesian cinema during this period. The book first explores Indonesian engagement with waria (male-to-female transgender) identities and the emerging representation of gay and lesbi Indonesians during Suharto’s New Order regime (1966-98), before going on to the reimagining of these positions following the fall of the New Order, a period which saw the rebirth of the film industry with a new generation of directors, producers and actors. Using original interview research and focus groups with gay, lesbi and waria identified Indonesians, alongside the films themselves and a wealth of archival sources, the book contrasts the ways in which transgendered lives are actually lived with their representations on screen.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia
ISBN: 0415536318
Copyright Statement: The right of Ben Murtagh to be identified as author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988.
Depositing User: Ben Murtagh
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 09:44
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17008

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