Fabulous Orients looks at the traffic of narrative between Orient and Occident in the eighteenth century, and challenges the assumption that has dominated since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism that such traffic is always one-way.
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Eighteenth-century readers in the West came to draw their mental maps of oriental territories and distinctions between them from their experience of reading tales 'from' the Orient. In this proto-colonial period the English encounter with the East was largely mediated through the consumption of material goods such as silks, indigo, muslin, spices, or jewels, imported from the East, together with the more 'moral' traffic of narratives about the East, both imaginary and ethnographic.
Through analyses of fictional representations - including travellers' accounts, letter narratives, prose sequences of tales and dramatic texts - of four oriental territories Persia, Turkey, China and India , my book demonstrates the ways in which the East came to be understood as a source of story, a territory of fable and narrative.
Fabulous Orients is structured according to territory rather than genre.
Each section opens by re-narrating an oriental story in which a feminine character serves to 'figure' western desire for the territory she represents: the courtesan queen of the Ottoman seraglio Roxolana; the riddling Chinese princess Turandocte; and the illusory sati of India, Canzade. This is the first book-length study of the oriental tale to appear for almost a century.
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Informed by recent historiographical and literary re-assessments of western constructions of the East, it develops an original argument about the use of narrative as a form of sympathetic and imaginative engagement with otherness, a disinvestment of the self rather than a confident expression of colonial or imperial ambition. Fabulous Orients is accompanied by a companion volume, an anthology of representative oriental tales entitled Fables of the East.
This is the first anthology to provide textual examples of representations of oriental cultures in the early modern period drawn from a variety of genres: travel writing, histories, and fiction. Fabulous Orients Ros Ballaster E-bok. Fabulous Orients Ros Ballaster Inbunden.
Seductive Forms Ros Ballaster E-bok.
Fables of the East:Selected Tales 1662-1785: Selected Tales 1662-1785
Ladda ned. Spara som favorit. Skickas inom vardagar. Fables of the East is the first anthology to provide textual examples of representations of oriental cultures in the early modern period drawn from a variety of genres: travel writing, histories, and fiction.
Organized according to genre in order to illustrate the diverse shapes the oriental tale adopted in the period, the extracts cover the popular sequence of oriental tales, the pseudo-oriental tale, travels and history, and letter fictions.