Multiple Wives, Multiple Pleasures: Representing the Harem, 1800-1875

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - Art - 283 pages
This is a critical study of French and Britis art and written texts (poetry, literature, travel accounts, art criticism)- orientalist works about the harem produced in the period from 1800-1875. Original readings are provided for over 150 harem pictures, from well-known salon paintings to rarely published erotic popular prints and book illustrations. 'Multiple Wives, Multiple Pleasures' examines these works closely, often establishing fresh contexts for many of the more well-known nineteenth century harem pictures, and often providing a consideration of lesser-known harem pictures that have been rarely published until now.
 

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Contents

Introduction
19
HAREM REPRESENTATION AND THE POLITICS OF AESTHETIC POSITIVISM IN ENGLAND AND FRANCE
24
HAREM IMAGES IN THE NEW SCIENTIA SEXUALIS
25
WESTERN RECONSTRUCTIONS OF SEX CLASS AND RACE IN EASTERN GARB
27
The Colonial Contexts for the Harem Representation
30
FRANCE ENGLAND AND THE HAREM
31
NAPOLEAN BONAPARTE AND VIVANT DENON ON THE HAREM
32
HAREM REPRESENTATIONS SPECIFYING ETHNICITYNATIONALITYRACE
36
SYMBOLIC FLOWERS
138
JEWELRY AND SLIPPERS
143
THE HAREM SPACE
154
The Harem Fetishized Harem Women as Immoral
162
EXAMINING THE ARGUMENT THAT THE FACTS OF HAREM WOMEN CAN NOT BE BEAUTIFUL
163
NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES OF HAREM WOMEN
165
ROCOCOREVIVAL HAREM IMAGERY AND THE CRITIQUE OF TRANNY AS AN ENLIGHTENMENT INHERITANCE
195
SUMMARY
201

CONCLUSION
56
Depictions of Slavery and the Making of the Harem
58
TITILLATION AND AMBIVALENCE HAREM SLAVERY AND THE SLAVE MARKET REPRESENTED BY A RANGE OF OBSERVERS
59
REPRESENTING THE HAPPY SLAVE IN OR BOUND FOR THE HAREM
67
SLAVE MARKET PICTURES AND UNVEILING SCENES
73
THE GREEK WAR OF INDEPENDENCE AND HAREM WOMEN AS WAR PRISONERS
90
THE OPEN WINDOW AND THE CLOSED HAREM
103
FREEING THE HAREM VICTIM FROM LIFE IN LUXURIOUS PRISON
108
Setting The Stage Harem Props as Fetishized Accoutrements
110
THE PIPE AND COFFEE
111
GAZELLES BIRDS AND CATS
121
LUTE MUSIC
134
The Harem Fetishized Muslim Women as Moral Angels in Heaven and the House
202
PURE CREATURES IN HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY GARDENS
203
GOOD HAREM WOMEN AND READINGS OF MEMENTO MORI
225
THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE STEREOTYPING
228
Conclusions
230
PREIMPRESSIONIST MODERN HAREM PAINTING
231
CONCLUSION
238
Notes
241
Bibliography
261
Index
269
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