The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art and Homosexual Fantasy

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Routledge, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
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Through an explanation of forty figures in European culture, DEGREESThe Seduction of the Mediterranean argues that the Mediterranean, classical and contemporary, was the central theme in homoerotic writing and art from the 1750s to the 1950s. Episodes of exile, murder, drug-taking, wild homosexual orgies and court cases are woven into an original study of a significant theme in European culture. The myth of a homoerotic Mediterranean made a major contribution to general attitudes towards Antiquity, the Renaissance and modern Italy and Greece.

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In this original and well-researched study, Aldrich shows that a recurring motif in the literature and art of homosexuals from the 1750s to the 1950s was that of the Mediterranean, which was ... Read full review

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Robert Aldrich is Lecturer in Modern French History and Colonial History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of "The French in the South Pacific, 1840-1940," "France and the South Pacific since 1940," "Greater France: A History of French Overseas Expansion" and "Colonialism and Homosexuality,"

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