Through literary and historical documents from the early
sixteenth to late seventeenth centuries-epic poetry, private
correspondence, secular dramas, and colonial legislation-Carmen
Nocentelli charts the Western fascination with the eros of "India,"
as the vast coastal stretch from the Gulf of Aden to the South
China Sea was often called. If Asia was thought of as a place of
sexual deviance and perversion, she demonstrates, it was also a
space where colonial authorities actively encouraged the formation
of interracial households, even through the forcible conscription
of native brides. In her comparative analysis of Dutch, English,
French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish texts, Nocentelli shows
how sexual behaviors and erotic desires quickly came to define the
limits within which Europeans represented not only Asia but also
Drawing on a wide range of European sources on polygamy, practices
of male genital modification, and the allegedly excessive libido of
native women, Empires of Love emphasizes the overlapping
and mutually transformative construction of race and sexuality
during Europe's early overseas expansion, arguing that the
encounter with Asia contributed to the development of Western
racial discourse while also shaping European ideals of marriage,
erotic reciprocity, and monogamous affection.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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