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Author Ballaster, Rosalind.

Title Fabulous orients : fictions of the East in England, 1662-1785 / Ros Ballaster
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 408 pages) : illustrations
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
Summary The first book-length study of the oriental tale in England since 1908, 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 formation of the novel and constructions of western identity in a culture on the threshold of empire. - ;Narrative moves. Stories migrate from one culture to another, over vast distances sometimes, but their path is often difficult to trace and obscured by time. Fabulous Orients looks at the traffic of narrative between Orient and Occident in the eig
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 376-392) and index
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Subject English literature -- Asian influences.
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Exoticism in literature.
Orientalism in literature.
Asia -- In literature.
Middle East -- In literature.
Orient -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005019964
ISBN 0191514853 (electronic bk.)
9780191514852 (electronic bk.)