Imperial Fictions

by Rana Kabbani

In travel books and Orientalist painting, the Victorian concept of an erotic East as a grand harem with endless potential for pleasure and perversion fueled romantic imaginations, art, and commerce. These racial and sexual stereotypes became vital to imperial designs. In Imperial Fictions, Rana Kabbani unravels the erotic fantasies and myths that the West has developed about the East over the ages.