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The homoerotics of Orientalism

Author: Joseph Allen Boone
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The place of the Middle East in European heterosexual fantasy is well documented in the works of Edward Said and others, yet few have considered the male Anglo-European (and, later, American) writers, artists, travelers, and thinkers compelled to represent what, to their eyes, seemed to be an abundance of erotic relations between men in the Islamicate world. Whether feared or desired, the mere possibility of sexual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Künste
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Allen Boone
ISBN: 9780231151108 0231151101 9780231151115 023115111X 0231521820 9780231521826
OCLC Number: 842879159
Description: xxxiv, 486 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Preface: re-orienting sexuality --
Theory and history. Histories of cross-cultural encounter, Orientalism, and the politics of sexuality --
Beautiful boys, sodomy, and hamams: a textual and visual history of tropes --
Geographies of desire. Empire of "excesse", city of dreams: homoerotic imaginings in Istanbul and the Ottoman world --
Epic ambitions and epicurean appetites: Egyptian stories I --
Colonialism and its aftermaths, Gide to Chahine: Egyptian stories II --
Modes and genres. Queer modernism and Middle Eastern poetic genres: appropriations, forgeries, and hoaxes --
Looking backward: homoeroticism in miniaturist painting and Orientalist art --
Looking again: twentieth- and twentieth-first-century visual cultures.
Responsibility: Joseph Allen Boone.

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The place of the Middle East in European heterosexual fantasy is well documented in the works of Edward Said and others, yet few have considered the male Anglo-European (and, later, American) writers, artists, travelers, and thinkers compelled to represent what, to their eyes, seemed to be an abundance of erotic relations between men in the Islamicate world. Whether feared or desired, the mere possibility of sexual contact with or between men in the Middle East has covertly underwritten much of the appeal and practice of the enterprise of Orientalism, frequently repeating yet just.

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