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An archaeology of erotica

The monstrous feminine: a vessel for male pleasures, her “promiscuity” often cited as a symptom of feminine malaise and corruption. This hypersexualisation of the Oriental female was used as a rhetorical strategy to heighten the nature of her angelic nature of her Occidental counterpart.

Nowadays credited to a fifteenth-century Egyptian polymath called Jalal adʹDin al-Suyuti, “The Book of Exposition” is an exploration of promiscuity under the societal constraints of the Arab-Islamic world, using bawdy and salacious scenarios to stimulate and evoke fantasies in the readerʹs mind.

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10.04.2018 | 13:42

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