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Sex, Sailors and Colonies: Narratives of Ambiguity in the Works of Pierre Loti Hélène de Burgh

Sex, Sailors and Colonies: Narratives of Ambiguity in the Works of Pierre Loti

Hélène de Burgh

Published August 24th 2005
ISBN : 9783039106011
Hardcover
322 pages
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This book focuses on the ceuvre 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, Lotis contribution to FrenchMoreThis book focuses on the ceuvre 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, Lotis contribution to French naval and literary history is significant. This work suggests a new reading of Lotis literature that positions his texts within the critical theoretical paradigms of Postco-lonialism and Queer Theory. This study examines both Lotis fictional and non-fictional opus. It explores the dominant themes relayed throughout his oeuvre 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 Lotis own self-representation in both his fictional and non-fictional works. His constant reinvention 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 Lotis work.