Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Megan Brown


This paper seeks to examine the discursive and physical threats posed by queer female desire to anticolonial nationalist movements in India in the 20th-century. Relying on a theoretical framework that utilizes Foucault’s conception of bio-power, Chatterjee’s material/spiritual dichotomy, and Pursley’s identification of reproductive futurism, this paper analyzes the repression and violence found in Ismat Chughtai’s trial in 1944 and Partition 1947. Through this analysis, this paper highlights how women’s bodies and sexualities became a physical site for nationalists to make political claims about national identity and material development.