In The Homoerotics of Orientalism Joseph A. Boone sets out to excavate Anglo-European perceptions and fantasies of Middle Eastern sexuality, with a focus on male homoeroticism. In this substantial volume, Boone performs a close reading of an extensive repertoire of literary texts (including travelogues and fiction) and visual material (such as paintings, photographs, and postcards) produced by Western Orientalist scholars as well as by Arabs, Turks, and Persians. His meticulous analysis of this rich material provides a better understanding of the different approaches assumed by Western and Middle Eastern scholars, travelers, and writers in matters of sexuality and homophobia. He argues that male homoeroticism haunted the fantasies of many Western men and provoked their fears of Middle Eastern sexuality. This combination of fear and desire, Boone shows throughout the volume, informed what we now call Orientalism.

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