Indeed, Fitzgerald himself once penned an Aida-Verdi palindrome for his Sotadic
opera "O Tongue in Cheek," to wit:
He takes climatic and geographical determinism even further--at least ostensibly--in his notorious Appendix to his 1885 translation of the Arabian Nights which argues that sodomy is routinely practiced in a geographic zone (very roughly corresponding with the Tropics, the Mediterranean, and all of China) where climate presumably encourages its practice--the Sotadic
Zone, he called it.
12) "Within the Sotadic
Zone," Burton expounds, the Vice is popular and endemic, held at the worst to be a mere peccadillo, whilst races to the North and South of the [geographical] limits here defined practice it only sporadically amid the opprobrium of their fellows who, as a rule, are physically incapable of performing the operation and look upon it with the liveliest disgust.
In his infamous 1886 introduction to and translation of A Thousand Nights and a Night, Richard Burton identifies "The Sotadic
Zone" as specific geographical locations that are filled with "perversions," perversions those of us in the West "look upon .
For all his attraction to the Sotadic
countries and all that they had to offer, there was something mildly stigmatizing about this designation.
Zone thus comprised most of the world's peoples, and by the time Burton published his translation, most of them had been conquered by Westerners.
Like the colonies, the Sotadic
Zone was seen as a space of sexual degeneracy and laxity; however, references to "sotadic
/colonial" (80) imagery elide important political distinctions that might be brought to bear on Hackett's generally compelling reading of Woolf's imagery.
Selections include Duncan and Gregory's "Introduction"; Roxann Wheeler's "Limited Visions of Africa: Geographies of Savagery and Civility in Early Eighteenth-Century Narratives"; Laurie Hovell McMillin's "Enlightenment Travels: The Making of Epiphany in Tibet"; Richard Phillips's "Writing Travel and Mapping Sexuality: Richard Burton's Sotadic
Zone"; Alison Blunt's "The Flight from Lucknow: British Women Travelling and Writing Home, 1857-58"; Gregory's "Scripting Egypt: Orientalism and the Cultures of Travel"; Duncan's "Dis-Orientation: On the Shock of the Familiar in a Far-Away Place"; Robert Shannan Peckham's "The Exoticism of the Familiar and the Familiarity of the Exotic: Fin-de-siecle Travellers to Greece"; Michael Brown's "Travelling through the Closet"; and Joanne P.
Running eastwards the Sotadic
Zone narrows, embracing Asia Minor, Mesopotamia and Chaldaea, Afghanistan, Sind, the Punjab and Kashmir.
2 he mentions his familiarity with comedy, mime, lyric poetry, and notoriously obscene Sotadic
For centuries Christianity had portrayed Islam, the religion that occupied a good part of the Sotadic
Zone, as immoral because of its practice of polygamy.
poem imagines what Sotades' last thoughts might've been.