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Publications in History by NOMIS researchers

NOMIS Researcher(s)

August 1, 2013

This article begins with a comparison between the anonymous Roman d’un inverti (1894/5) and Cavafy’s poem ‘?α μεíνει ‘, and then proceeds to read Cavafy’s private notes and key erotic poems in the context of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century discourses about non-normative sexuality. During that period, and in a discursive domain dominated by sexological case studies, the deviant sexual life story was published in order to titillate, check, control and medicalize. In Cavafy’s texts we see, instead, a network of homosexual life stories proposed as a platform for the conceptualization of novel sexual, aesthetic and social technologies, as well as a new ethics of contact. © 2013 Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham.

Research field(s)
Arts & Humanities, Historical Studies, History