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Fabulous orients : fictions of the East in England 1662-1785

Author: Rosalind Ballaster
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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'Fabulous Orients' is an original work of criticism which illustrates the centrality of narratives of and from the eastern territories of Turkey, Persia, China, and India in the novel and constructions of western identity in a culture on the threshold of empire.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rosalind Ballaster
ISBN: 9780199234295 0199234299
OCLC Number: 156890881
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize 2006.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Narrative moves. Dinarzade, the second string --
The state of narrative --
Shape-shifting: Oriental tales. Fadlallah and Zemroude: transmigratory desires --
The framed sequence --
Travellers' tales --
Fictional letters --
Histories --
Heroic drama --
A passion for tales --
Tales of the Seraglio: Turkey and Persia. Roxolana: the loquacious courtesan --
Speaking likenesses: Turkey and Persia --
Loquacious women I: staging the Orient --
Loquacious women II: narrating the Orient --
Speculative men I: spies and correspondents --
Speculative men II: court secrets --
'Fabulous and romantic': the 'Embassy Letters' and 'The Sultan's Tale' --
'Bearing Confucius' morals to Britannia's ears': China. Tourandocte: the riddling princess --
Chinese whispers --
Orphans and absolutism: tragedies of state --
Empire of Dulness --
Narrative transmigrations --
Chinese letters of reason --
Madness and civilization --
'Dreams of men awake': India. Canzade: the illusory sati --
India as illusion --
'The dreaming Priest': Aureng-Zebe --
The treasures of the East: Indian tales --
Tales of India: weaving illusions --
The Indian fable: rational animals --
Waking from the dream --
Epilogue: romantic revisions of the Orient.
Responsibility: Ros Ballaster.

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rich and wide-ranging account of Restoration and eighteenth-century fictions of the East... Critically adroit and historically nuanced... brilliant discussions * Tom Keymer * Review from previous Read more...

 
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