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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 397M • The Homoerotics of Empire

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36320 MW
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.104

Course Description

This course will investigate literary and cultural representations of erotically charged relations between men (sublimated and not) in the historical experience of the British Empire, through careful attention to the interarticulation of homosexual, homosocial, and homoerotic forms of intimacy. The 1886 Labouchere Amendment criminalizes acts of gross indecency between men. The 1884-85 Berlin Conference divides the African continent into territories ruled by the European powers. This course aspires to examine this coincidence


  1. Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray
  2. Richard Burton, The Sodatic Zone and Pilgrimmage to Mecca and Medina
  3. E.M. Forster, The Hill of Devi
  4. Edward Carpenter, Intermediate Types Among Primitive Folk
  5. H. Ryder Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
  6. Roger Casement, The Black Diaries
  7. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  8. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (excerpts)
  9. Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo
  10. T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
  11. Wulf Sachs, Black Hamlet
course packet of critical readings


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