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Rachid O.’s Homosexual Awakening: The Allegorical Representation of the Blond-Haired, Blue-Eyed French Boy

  • Luis Navarro-Ayala
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)

Abstract

Navarro-Ayala analyzes Rachid O.’s narrative Chocolat chaud (1998), where the childhood allegory about the blond-haired, blue-eyed French boy shows how photography and television produce Rachid’s affective experience. He traces a progression based on the senses of sight, touch, and taste. Whereas Rachid’s intimate moments initially remain confined to the domestic sphere, seeing Noé’s photograph for the first time awakens his desire to touch the image; subsequently, he succeeds in possessing a copy of the blond boy’s image at home. Navarro-Ayala argues that not all travels need be tangible in order to facilitate homosexual awakening, as the young protagonist materializes his homosexual fantasy with boys of his own age and develops homosexual agency by skillfully manipulating his internalization of the cultural contexts around him.

Keywords

Rachid O. Chocolat chaud José Esteban Muñoz Jean-Paul Sartre  Photography Television Transcultural media and technology Morocco Homosexuality Islam The Coran Lalla Homoerotic desire Blond-haired Blue-eyed French boy Affect Fantasy Love Subjectivity Senses Sight Taste Touch Maghreb Space Intimate/public Strategy Subversion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

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