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Kuchuk Hanem

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Edward Said and the Problem of the Harem
1880), who encountered and wrote about Kuchuk Hanem, a famous Egyptian dancer. Said concludes that for Flaubert, Kuchuk became a "disturbing symbol of fecundity, peculiarly Oriental in her luxuriant and seemingly unbounded sexuality." (187) He goes ...
'Red Nile,' by Robert Twigger
The randy young novelist Gustave Flaubert set forth on a cruise to Aswan from Cairo, quickly losing interest in the antiquities and dallying upriver with a belly-dancing courtesan from Damascus named Kuchuk Hanem. She was “a tall, splendid creature,” ...
Beirut: Suite égyptienne by Fouad Elkhoury
For El Khoury she embodies Kuchuk Hanem, the courtesan and dancer Flaubert encountered one humid and nostalgic evening: “I sucked her furiously, her body was covered with sweat, she was tired after dancing, she was cold,” he wrote. “I covered her with ...
Dirty Dancing in Egypt
That prospect seemed less troubling to the writer Gustave Flaubert, who toured Egypt in 1849-50 and was enchanted by a dancer named Kuchuk-Hanem (a Turkish name meaning “the little lady”). He admired her as “a tall creature, more pale of complexion ...
The Mirror
He describes the almeh's “eyes painted with antimony, a veil passed over her head and held by her elbows.” She takes him to her house where Du Camp “entertain[s] himself alone with her,” and Flaubert “follow[s] his example.” Kuchuk Hanem then performs ...

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