The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art And Homosexual Fantasy by Robert AldrichThe Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art And Homosexual Fantasy by Robert Aldrich

The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art And Homosexual Fantasy

byRobert AldrichEditorRobert Aldrich

Paperback | November 15, 1993

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Through an explanation of forty figures in European culture, ^The Seduction of the Mediterraneanargues that the Mediterranean, classical and contemporary, was the central theme in homoerotic writing and art from the 1750s to the 1950s. Episodes of exile, murder, drug-taking, wild homosexual orgies and court cases are woven into an original study of a significant theme in European culture. The myth of a homoerotic Mediterranean made a major contribution to general attitudes towards Antiquity, the Renaissance and modern Italy and Greece.
Title:The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art And Homosexual FantasyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 1993Publisher:Taylor and Francis

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415093120

ISBN - 13:9780415093125

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The Mediterranean was the central theme in homoerotic writing and art from the 1750s to the 1950s. Writers and artists delved into classical mythology and history for figures - such as Ganymede and Achilles - through which they could portray a sexuality considered by society as a sin, an illness and a crime. Many journeyed to the south of Europe, particularly Italy, to admire the ruins of Antiquity and the paintings of the Renaissance, escape the social censure of their home countries and find sexual partners. The lives and works of forty writers are examined, from the art historian Winckelmann in the 1700s, through Romantic poets such as Byron and Platen, to Wilde, Isherwood and Forster. Attention is given to the works of such painters as Girodet and von Marees and the photographs of von Gloeden and List. Robert Aldrich sets the phenomenon of homosexual interest in the Mediterranean in its social and historical context. He suggests that different myths replaced that of the homoerotic Mediterranean by the 1960s, as gay liberation diminished the need for the legiti

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"In this original and well-researched study, Aldrich shows that a recurring motif in the literature and art of homosexuals from the 1750s to the 1950s was that of the Mediterranean. . . . Aldrich breaks new ground by revealing a unifying thread in homosexual culture long before the moder term subculture' was invented."
-"Library Journal