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

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ISBN-13: 978-0415093125
ISBN-10: 0415093120
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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 mythologized as a place where the homoerotic ideal of masculine beauty and virility could be fulfilled. The idea is exemplified in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and in the works of over 40 writers examined here, from the German art historian Windelmann to Lord Byron and E. M. Forster, and many artists and photographers. During this period, many homosexual writers fled their Northern European homes to live in the Mediterranean, especially Italy, where the cultural climate was more hospitable. The fantasy lost its hold in the 1960s and 1970s with the emergence of the gay rights movement. Aldrich breaks new ground by revealing a unifying thread in homosexual culture long before the modern term subculture was invented.
- Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. . . . Aldrich breaks new ground by revealing a unifying thread in homosexual culture long before the moder term subculture' was invented."
-"Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (November 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415093120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415093125
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great reading especially if you are gay and planning a trip/cruise to the Mediterranean.
This book was recommended to me and I enjoyed it, great gay historical insights
and information that I never knew before.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting and readable book, but mainly concentrated in the yearning & admiration of Northern Europeans for Italia et Graecia. I was expected from the title a more comprehensive survey-book on the mediterranean male/male love relationships .
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Format: Kindle Edition
CRAZY PRICING ALL AROUND...BOTH THE KINDLE AND PHYSICAL COPIES ARE REALLY SKY HIGH IN COST.

and I didn't know Kindle "rented" books either...still, dont want to pay $10 to rent it...will check my library I guess.
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