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The Erotic Margin
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The Erotic Margin (Hardback)

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Gender and sexuality have long held an important place in western attitudes towards the people and regions of the world -- from the titillating accounts of harem life in the Middle East to the terrifying captivity narratives of North America. The Erotic Margin is a first attempt to pull together this large, disparate, and often contradictory literature, and view it as a corpus. Schick argues that such images served to construct spatial difference, and thereby helped Europe represent its own place in the world during an age of rapid geographical expansion. Informed by the recent literature on human geography as well as feminist and postcolonial theory, The Erotic Margin turns to sexual anthropology as well as travel literature in which, from the eighteenth century on, both traveler and destination were portrayed in unmistakably gendered and sexualized terms.

Reviewing examples ranging from the New World to India, the Near East to black Africa, and the South Sea islands to the Barbary Coast, the book reflects on why foreign women were variously portrayed as alluring or threatening, foreign men as effeminate weaklings or dangerous rapists, and foreign lands as sexual idylls or hearts of darkness.

LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 23/06/1999 ISBN-13: 9781859847329  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Irvin C. Schick divides his time between teaching at Harvard University and working in the communication industry. Born in Istanbul, he has co-edited Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives, and is currently at work on a book on Turkey's cultural confrontation with modernity.

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