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Title: Erotics of sin: promiscuity, polygamy and homo-erotics in missionary photography from the Congolese rainforest
Authors: Hendriks, Thomas # ×
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Harwood Academic
Series Title: Visual Anthropology vol:26 issue:4 pages:355-382
Abstract: Through a contextualized reading of a series of photographs taken by Premonstratensian missionaries in the Belgian Congo, this article shows the “porno-tropic” dynamics at work in their photographic practices and politics of representation. The analysis of pictures of black women and girls, black men and boys, reveals a missionary economy of desire as an “erotics of sin”, fuelled by tensions between morality and pornography and integrating both misogynous and homo-erotic aspects into its imaginative geography of transgression.
ISSN: 0894-9468
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
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