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Author Donham, Donald L. (Donald Lewis),
Title The erotics of history : an Atlantic African example / Donald L. Donham.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
2018

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Author Donham, Donald L. (Donald Lewis),
Subject Fetishism (Sexual behavior) -- Africa -- History.
Erotica -- Africa -- History.
Sex role -- Africa -- History.
Africa -- Sexual behavior -- History.
Africa -- Social conditions -- History.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 136 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Heading south : an introduction -- Ethnography interruptus -- The concept of the fetish -- African origins -- The poverty of sexuality -- African sexual extraversion and getting in bed with Robert Mapplethorpe -- Para-ethnography, golf, and the internet -- White slavery -- Love and money, romance and scam -- Conclusion : towards an understanding of erotics.
Summary "The Erotics of History challenges long-standing notions of sexuality as stable and context-free--as something that individuals discover about themselves. Rather, Donald L. Donham argues that historical circumstance, local social pressure, and the cultural construction of much beyond sex condition the erotic. Donham makes this argument in relation to the centuries-old conversation on the fetish, applied to a highly unusual neighborhood in Atlantic Africa. There, local men, soon to be married to local women, are involved in long-term sexual relationships with European men. On the African side, these couplings are motivated by the pleasures of cosmopolitan connection and foreign commodities. On the other side, Europeans tend to fetishize Africans' race, while a few search to become slaves in master/ slave relationships. At its most wide ranging, The Erotics of History attempts to show that it is history, both personal and collective, in reversals and reenactments, that finally produces sexual excitement."--Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (Luminos, viewed May 10, 2018).
ISBN 0520296311 (electronic bk.)
9780520968875 (electronic bk.)
9780520296312 (electronic bk.)
0520968875 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1028980512
Additional Format Print version: Donham, Donald L. (Donald Lewis). Erotics of history. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] 0520296311 9780520296312 (DLC) 2017044673 (OCoLC)1006521016


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