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- DescriptionThis book focuses on the uvre of nineteenth-century author and naval captain Julien Viaud (1850-1923) who wrote under the pseudonym Pierre Loti. Considered a best-seller in his day and a distinguished naval figure, Loti s contribution to French naval and literary history is significant. This work suggests a new reading of Loti s literature that positions his texts within the critical theoretical paradigms of Postcolonialism and Queer Theory. This study examines both Loti s fictional and n-fictional opus. It explores the dominant themes relayed throughout his uvre including his portrayal of exotic sexuality as being underpinned by a desire to elude articulation, his uncertain approach to colonialism given the constant shift between his identity as a colonising sailor and sympathising exoticist and Loti s own self-representation in both his fictional and n-fictional works. His constant re-invention of -Pierre Loti- as a persona in his writing creates a question about who Loti really is and how much of the man is represented in the so-called autobiographical text. These seemingly disparate themes of sexuality, colonialism and personal identity are all interrogated as posssible sites of ambiguity, thus revealing the general scope and complexity of Loti s work.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Helene de Burgh completed her B.A. (Hons.), M.A and doctoral theses in Nineteenth-Century French culture at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In addition, she completed a Diplome d etudes approfondies at the Universite de Versailles. Her research interests include applied critical theory and subcultural participation.
- Author(s)Helene de Burgh
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/08/2005
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight430 g
- Height225 mm
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