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Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain$
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Lou Charnon-Deutsch and Jo Labanyi

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158868.001.0001

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Exoticism and the Politics of Difference in Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Periodicals

Exoticism and the Politics of Difference in Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Periodicals

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(p.250) 13 Exoticism and the Politics of Difference in Late Nineteenth-Century Spanish Periodicals
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Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain
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LOU CHARNON-DEUTSCH

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158868.003.0014

This chapter's exoticism is a psychological mediation that plays a role both in international identity politics and in national sexual ideologies that determine gender roles at the level of the individual family. The fetishism of the female body not only interacted with the hierarchical positions of masculinity and femininity in bourgeois society: in its simultaneous disavowal and insistence upon difference, it constituted a favoured medium to explore what was both threatening and necessary to male subjectivity. When one attempts to determine the ideal consumer of the hundreds of illustrations and narratives that presented a sexualised version of the non-European woman, and the ways that this literature impacted on Spanish gender ideology, the obvious conclusion to reach is that, as masters of this and nearly every other system of representation, it was primarily men who indulged in the pleasurable reading of exotic sexuality.

Keywords:   exoticism, identity politics, sexual ideologies, gender roles, masculinity, femininity, Spain, gender ideology, sexuality

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