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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 forOne 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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ISBN : 9780231151108
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 486 Pages
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The Homoerotics of Orientalism Reviews

  • P.H.G. Haslam
    2019-03-23 17:24

    A deeply fascinating book. Boone explores such an astonishing range of sources in his examination of the homoerotic aspects of Orientalism. I adored the parts of the book that dealt with specific writers and their relationships to Egypt. The homoerotic undertones of Flaubert’s heterosexual conquests; André Gide’s frank and slightly melancholic diaries, which document his search for sex in Cairo and Luxor; and Norman Mailer’s perfectly ridiculous sounding Ancient Evenings, a wild homoerotic fantasy facilitated by its setting in ancient Egypt. I also found the discussion of the erotic photography of Wilhelm von Gloeden and Rudolf Franz Lehnert enthralling. The book weaves seamlessly between textual and visual sources. And I’m afraid… I really can’t do it justice! There is just so much in this book that excites and interests. Boone doesn’t simply take aim and damn all Orientalist art and ideas; he is keen to compare and contrast the “Western” perceptions of the “East” with the reality, and through a contrapuntal examination of Western and Eastern sources shows that the relationship between these is perhaps much more nuanced than is sometimes portrayed. A balanced and masterful book that will play on my mind for some time.