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  • houndbee
  • Posted: SwB Team
  • Dated: 22 April , 2011
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But let me explain...

Law, Like Love 
Law, say the gardeners, is the sun,
Law is the one
All gardeners obey
To-morrow, yesterday, to-day.
Law is as you know I suppose,
Law is but let me explain it once more,
Law is The Law.
The most enjoyable part of having a book blog is the serendipities that it brings about… Yoda Press’ new book got me searching for a theme, and I found the origin of their title in a poem by Auden, some verses from which are copied above… 
Arvind Narrain and Alok Gupta edit Law Like Love: A queer perspective of law in India.  A timely book (although it lacks the Auden comma), this is one that Nivedita Menon  calls  ”A creative exploration of the intimacies that couple Law and Love—-inspiring, moving and scholarly, these essays irrevocably queer the familiar.”

With the landmark Delhi High Court victory in July 2009, sexuality and the law entered mainstream, legal and public discourse in India inviting both celebration and resistance. How do we understand this conversation? The July judgement stands on the shoulders of a much longer history, argue the writers in this contemporary and critical volume on queering the law. A longer history that shapes, unsettles and challenges both legal and queer histories and begins new conversations on the intersections between bodies, politics, activism, sexuality, identity and law. Some playful, some critical and others reflective and irreverent, this unique collection of pieces brings the life, structures and institutions of law alive and shine with relevance in the contemporary moment.

In our Gender Studies and Law sections, in paperback, 648 pages, Rs 650. ISBN 9789380493144
The book, part of the YODA PRESS Sexualities series, was released at The Attic in Connaught Place New Delhi on Thursday 21 April, with readings by Mayur Suresh and Siddharth Narrain, and  Nivedita Menon, Gautam Bhan, Arvind Narrain as discussants.
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