“Am I Lesbian?” The Contexts of Female-Female Desire in the Work of Kamala Das

  • Oliver Ross


In what is perhaps Kamala Das’s most famous poem, “An Introduction,” she writes:

The language I speak

Becomes mine, its distortions, its queernesses

All mine, mine alone. It is half English, half

Indian, funny perhaps, but it is honest.1


Indian Culture Contextual System Love Affair Essential Identity Female Protagonist 
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