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17:00 - 19:00 5 March 2015

The Homoerotics of Orientalism: A conversation with Joseph Boone


Room 106 | Gordon House (link Map)
29 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0PP | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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 travellers, historians, writers, and artists for well over four hundred years. And this story stands to shatter our preconceptions of Orientalism.

Joseph Boone illuminates why and how the Islamicate world became the locus for such fantasies and desires, revealing how the cultural exchanges between Middle East and West have always been reciprocal and often mutual, always amatory as well as bellicose.

Joseph Allen Boone is Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California and the author of Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism, Tradition Counter Tradition: Love and the Form of Fiction, and (most recently) The Homoerotics of Orientalism.

All are welcome.

Supported by CREDOC.


Professor Phiroze Vasunia
+44 (0)20 7679 4573 | p.vasunia@ucl.ac.uk


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