Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Joseph Allen Boone, The Homoerotics of Orientalism

Boone, Joseph Allen (Fellow, 2009-10)

New York: Columbia University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

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.


Subjects: Art; Gender and Sexuality; Literature; Orientalism; Homoeroticism;