Vanita, Ruth

About Ruth Vanita

Biography (Poetry International)

Biography and Bibliography (University of Montana)



Cowaloosur, Vedita. “Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 56, no. 5, 2020

Hussain, Mobeen. “Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema.” Film & History, vol. 49, no. 1, 2019

Dasthakur, Saurav. “India and the World: Postcolonialism, Translation and Indian Literature.” Asiatic, vol. 10, no. 1, Jun. 2016

Dasgupta, Rohit K. “Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870.” Intersections, no. 31, Dec. 2012

Dave, Naisargi N. “Abundance and Loss: Queer Intimacies in South Asia.” Feminist Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, 2011

Nickels, Thom. “Postcolonial ‘Kamasutra’.” Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, vol. 14, no. 7, 2007

De, Esha Niyogi. “Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History.“ Signs, vol. 29, no. 4, 2004

Altman, Meryl. “Sappho and the Virgin Mary.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 23, no. 2, 2001

Leonardi, Susan J. “Sappho and the Virgin Mary/Dangerous Intimacies.” Signs, vol. 25, no. 2, 2000

Edinger, Harry G. “Sappho and the Virgin Mary.” International Journal of the Classical Tradition, vol. 6, no. 2, 1999

Marcus, Sharon. “Sappho And The Virgin Mary.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 17, no. 1, 1998

Donoghue, Emma. “Virgin Births.” Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, vol. 4, no. 4, 1997



Bhan, Gautam. “Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai in Conversation.” Wasafiri, vol. 50, 2007



Trivedi, Harish, et al. “Jane Austen in the Classroom: Some Indian Responses.” Global Jane Austen: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community, Raw and Dryden (eds.), 2013




Memory of Light (2020)


Short Story Collections

Vanita, Ruth, et al. The Dilemma and other short stories (1997)


Poetry Collections

A Play of Light: Selected Poems (1994)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Marriage Equality is a Constitutional Right, Do not Deny it to Same-Sex Couples.” Indian Express, 4 Nov. 2020

Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema, 2018

“Wilde’s Will: Shakespeare as Model in In Carcere et Vinculis.” The Wildean: A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, vol. 47, Jul. 2015

“Self-Delighting Soul: A Reading of Yeats’s ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’ in the Light of Indian Philosophy.” Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, vol. 24, no. 2, 2014

“Lamb Unslain: Nonhuman Animals and Shelley’s Panentheism.” Godly Heretics, DiPaolo (ed.), 2013

Gender, Sex, and the City: Urdu Rekhtī Poetry in India, 1780-1870, 2012

 “The Homoerotics of Travel: People, Ideas, Genres.” The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing, Stevens (ed.), 2010

Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West (2005)

Ghandi's Tiger and Sita's Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture (2005)

“‘Married among Their Companions’: Female Homoerotic Relations in Nineteenth-Century Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India.” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 16, no. 1, 2004

 “The Self Is Not Gendered: Sulabha’s Debate with King Janaka.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal, vol. 15, no. 2, 2003

Same-Sex Love in India - Readings in Indian Literature (2002)

Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society (2002)

“Same Sex Love and Sacred Texts.” Indian Express, 5 Sep. 2002

“Homophobic Fiction/Homoerotic Advertising: The Pleasures and Perils of Twentieth-Century Indianness.” Queering India, 2002

Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination (1996)

With Madhu Kishwar: In Search of Answers: Women's Voices from Manushi (1996)

“‘Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen’ Women: The Unprotectedness of Wives in Othello.” SEL Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, vol. 34, no. 2, 1994


Audio and Audiovisual Material


Love, Desire and Identity – Conversation with Dr. Ruth Vanita on Gender and Sexuality. YouTube, 30 Nov. 2020

Ruth Vanita on Courtesans, Women's Love and Friendship. YouTube, 28 Aug. 2020

Ruth Vanita on her Book Memory of Light. YouTube, 20 Jun. 2020

Ruth Vanita Reviews her Book Memory of Light with Natalia Suri. YouTube, 27 May 2020

Ruth Vanita on Courtesans in Indian literary and Cinematic Traditions. YouTube, 6 Aug. 2019

Ruth Vanita Speaks About Hinduism and LGBTQ Identities. YouTube, 29 Jun. 2018

Film & Politics | Ruth Vanita in Conversation with Souradeep Roy Interview Part 1. YouTube, 20 Dec. 2017

Ruth Vanita: "There's no Going Back to Section 377", Interview Part 2. YouTube, 20 Dec. 2017

Ruth Vanita Interview on Sexuality and the Indian LGBT Movement. YouTube, 6 Nov. 2012

Interview by Jayati Lal. YouTube, Apr. 2004

The Lexicon of Love: Ruth Vanita and Sandip Roy in Conversation. YouTube, undated

Ruth Vanita on Recovering the Histories of Sexuality. YouTube, undated