Allegorising the Erotic: Transforming Intercultural Queer Desires in John Treat's <i>Great Mirrors Shattered</i>

Katsuhiko Suganuma and Siu-lun Wong

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Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083701
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209053 | DOI:
Allegorising the Erotic: Transforming Intercultural Queer Desires in John Treat's Great Mirrors Shattered

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Chapter 4 provides a literary analysis of John Treat's Great Mirrors Shattered by highlighting the moments of self-deconstruction in terms of his own racialised, gendered, and national identity. The chapter argues that his intentional deployment of Orientalist, racist and sexist narratives serves the purpose of denaturalising those discourses by representing them allegorically through the author's elusive subjectivity. Moreover, Treat's narrative of his own identity in the memoir intervenes in the modernist opposition between self and other, and effectively attests to the intermingling of the two. As a consequence, Treat's memoir demonstrates one possible way to confound the rigidity of politically-charged discourses such as that of Orientalism, racism, and sexism in a transnational context.

Keywords: John Treat; anti-orientalism; race; deconstruction

Chapter.  10057 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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