The Homoerotics of Orientalism

Paperback | May 19, 2015

byJoseph A. Boone

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One of the largely untold stories of Orientalism is the degree to which the Middle East has been associated with "deviant" male homosexuality by scores of Western travelers, historians, writers, and artists for well over four hundred years. And this story stands to shatter our preconceptions of Orientalism.

To illuminate why and how the Islamicate world became the locus for such fantasies and desires, Boone deploys a supple mode of analysis that reveals how the cultural exchanges between Middle East and West have always been reciprocal and often mutual, amatory as well as bellicose. Whether examining European accounts of Istanbul and Egypt as hotbeds of forbidden desire, juxtaposing Ottoman homoerotic genres and their European imitators, or unlocking the homoerotic encoding in Persian miniatures and Orientalist paintings, this remarkable study models an ethics of crosscultural reading that exposes, with nuance and economy, the crucial role played by the homoerotics of Orientalism in shaping the world as we know it today.

A contribution to studies in visual culture as well as literary and social history, The Homoerotics of Orientalism draws on primary sources ranging from untranslated Middle Eastern manuscripts and European belles-lettres to miniature paintings and photographic erotica that are presented here for the first time.

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One of the largely untold stories of Orientalism is the degree to which the Middle East has been associated with "deviant" male homosexuality by scores of Western travelers, historians, writers, and artists for well over four hundred years. And this story stands to shatter our preconceptions of Orientalism.To illuminate why and how th...

Joseph Allen Boone is a professor of English and gender studies at the University of Southern California and the author of Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism and Tradition Counter Tradition: Love and the Form of Fiction. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023115111X

ISBN - 13:9780231151115

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AcknowledgmentsPreface: Re-Orienting SexualityPart I: Theory and History1. Histories of Cross-Cultural Encounter, Orientalism, and the Politics of Sexuality2. Beautiful Boys, Sodomy, and Hamams: A Textual and Visual History of TropesPart II: Geographies of Desire3. Empire of 'Excesse,' City of Dreams: Homoerotic Imaginings in Istanbul and the Ottoman World4. Epic Ambitions and Epicurean Appetites: Egyptian Stories I5. Colonialism and Its Aftermaths, Gide to Chahine: Egyptian Stories IIPart III: Modes and Genres6. Queer Modernism and Middle Eastern Poetic Genres: Appropriations, Forgeries, and Hoaxes7. Looking Backward: Homoeroticism in Miniaturist Painting and Orientalist Art8. Looking Again: Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Visual CulturesNotesIndex

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