Imperial Fictions: Europe's Myths of Orient

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“A provocative and appropriately subversive book.”—The New York Times

In travel books and Orientalist painting, the Victorian concept of an erotic East as a grand harem with endless potential for pleasure and perversion fueled romantic imaginations, art, and commerce. These racial and sexual stereotypes became vital to imperial designs.

In Imperial Fictions, Rana Kabbani unravels the erotic fantasies and myths that the West has developed about the East over the ages.

Includes a new introduction about modern-day perceptions of the Islamic world.

Rana Kabbani is a poet and translator of modern Arabic poetry. She was born in Damascus in 1958 and brought up in New York City and Djakarta.

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Rana Kabbani is a poet and translator of modern Arabic poetry, born in Damascus in 1958 and brought up in New York City and Djakarta. She attended Georgetown University, the American University of Beirut and Jesus College, Cambridge. She has made many programmes for radio and television and is a frequent contributor to the Guardian and the Independent.

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"A provocative and appropriately subversive book."--The New York Times "Rana Kabbini polemically undertakes to rescue the Islamic East from centuries of Western contempt"--The Observer "Admirably pinpoints those aspects of the West's imaginative involveme

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