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Reflections on Sexuality in the Modern Sinhala Cinema

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In this article I set out to examine the various ways in which sex and sexuality have been portrayed in the Sinhala cinema from the late 1950s to the present. This article builds on a work in progress relating to the portrayal of transgressive sexualities in the contemporary Sinhala cinema. The completed work will focus on the depictions and portrayals of women, and further develop the hypothesis that I have been working on over the past 30 years: that for female characters in the Sinhala cinema who dare to tread outside the norms, there are few options: you get killed; you kill yourself; or you join religious orders.
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Keywords: Sinhala cinema; conservative; gender relations; hetro-normativity; sexuality; transgressive sexualities

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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