Travels in North Africa: Orientalism or Frenchness?
Navarro-Ayala draws attention to Frenchmen who travel to North Africa in search of exotic ethnicized boys in homosexual adventures and bring with them a significant cultural cachet and strong socioeconomic power. Tales of the homosexual tourism industry indeed reveal an ongoing struggle to deal with the dyad of the privileged French tourist and marginal North African boys. Yet, Navarro-Ayala’s focus on the perspective of local teenagers makes it possible to trace their potential resistance to exploitation in such cross-cultural encounters. After a brief overview of sexual tourism in the French literary tradition, he therefore examines how Moroccan writers represent homosexual tourism in Morocco through the viewpoint of these young characters.
KeywordsMohamed Choukri Le pain nu André Gide L’immoraliste Biskra North Africa Orientalism Frenchness Sexual tourism Arab boys Ethnicity Exoticization Dehumanization Marginality Objectification Homoerotism Fellatio Money Maghreb Morocco Stereotype Cliché Underage sex Sexual desire
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