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Women's Orients - English Women and the Middle East, 1718-1918: Sexuality, Religion and Work.

Author: Billie Melman
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan Secaucus : Springer [distributor] Jan. 1992
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In this highly acclaimed study, Billie Melman recovers the unwritten history of the European experience of the Middle-East during the colonial era. She focuses on the evolution of Orientalism and the reconstruction - through contact with other cultures - of gender and class. Beginning with the eighteenth century Billie Melman describes the many ways in which women looked at oriental people and places and developed a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Billie Melman
ISBN: 9781349101597 1349101591
OCLC Number: 1004391122
Target Audience: Trade
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: List of Plates - List of Abbreviations - List of Figures and Tables - Note on Transcription - Acknowledgements - Preface to the Second Edition - Introduction - PART 1: ORIENTALISM, TRAVEL AND GENDER - A Prosopography of Travel, 1763-1914 - PART 2: THE WOMEN'S HAREM: AUTONOMY, SEXUALITY AND SOLIDARITY - Harem Literature, 1763-1914: Tradition and Innovation - 1717-89: The Eighteenth-Century Harem, Lady Montagu, Lady Craven and the Genealogy of Comparative `Morals', `Noveltie' and Tradition - Exorcising Sheherezad: The Victorians and the Harem Changes in Sensibilities - The Haremlik as a Bourgeois Home: Autonomy, Community and Solidarity - PART 3: EVANGELISING THE ORIENT: WOMEN'S WORK AND THE EVOLUTION OF EVANGELICAL ETHNOGRAPHY - Evangelical Travel and the Evangelical Construction of Gender - The Women of Christ Church: Work, Literature and Community in Nineteenth-Century Jerusalem - `Domestic Life in Palestine': Evangelical Ethnography, Faith and Prejudice - Feminising the Landscape - PART 4: A SECULAR GEOGRAPHY OF THE ORIENT: AUTHORITY, GENDER AND TRAVEL - Harriet Martineau's Anti-Pilgrimage: Autobiography, History and Landscape - Queen Hatasu's Beard, Amelia Edwards, the Scientific Journey and the Emergence of the First Female `Orientalists' - An `Orientalist' Couple: Anne Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and the Pilgrimage to Nejd - Appendixes - Notes - Bibliography - Index

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In this highly acclaimed study, Billie Melman recovers the unwritten history of the European experience of the Middle-East during the colonial era. She focuses on the evolution of Orientalism and the reconstruction - through contact with other cultures - of gender and class. Beginning with the eighteenth century Billie Melman describes the many ways in which women looked at oriental people and places and developed a discourse which presented a challenge to hegemonic notions on the exotic and 'different'. Through her examination of the writings of famous feminist writers, travellers, ethnographers, missionaries, archaeologists and Biblical scholars, many of which are studied here for the first time, Billie Melman challenges traditional interpretations of Orientalism, placing gender at the forefront of colonial studies. 'This book provides a real extension to Edward Said's writing not only in the sense of challenging Edward Said's perspective, but also by adding a significant empirical and conceptual element to the discussion on orientalism. Those interested in women's history, in the cultural politics of cross-cultural encounters and in feminist or cultural theory will find much to engage them, inform them and challenge them in Melman's book.' - Joanna De Groot, Times Higher Education Supplement 'Using the perspectives of both gender and class Melman sets an alternative view of the Orient against that of Said ... a much less monolithic and much more complex and heterogenous than that of Said' - Francis Robinson, Times Literary Supplement 'Women's Orients is an important contribution to our understanding of Orientalism. Melman's work is characterized by a fruitful bringing together of the skills of the historian with the sensitive reading of the British women writers ... ' - Catherine Hall, The Feminist Review 'An excellent work ... This book is a must for anyone interested in women's history, both English and Middle Eastern. It is well written and well argued and effectively does what it promises to do' - Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot, The International History Review 'Women's Orients, a project of recovery and analysis, is an important consideration of European women traveller's writing on the Middle East. It provides a rich and detailed interpretation of a feminine version of the Orient' - Sherifa Zuhur, MESA Bulletin 'The book raises provocative issues and suggests complexities that deepen our understanding of colonial changes and representations' - Dorothy O. Helly, American Historical Review.

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