Enlightenment orientalism [electronic resource] : resisting the rise of the novel / Srinivas Aravamudan
- Enlightenment orientalism -- Pseudoethnographies -- Fiction/translation/transculturation -- Marana, Behn, Galland, Defoe -- Oriental singularity -- Montesquieu, Goldsmith, Hamilton -- Transcultural allegories -- Discoveries of new worlds, talking animals, and remote nations -- Fontenelle, Bidpai, Swift, Voltaire -- Libertine orientalism -- Prévost, Crébillon, Diderot -- The oriental tale as transcultural allegory -- Manley, Haywood, Sheridan, Smollett -- Sindbad and Scheherezade, or Benjamin and Joyce.
- Srinivas Aravamudan here reveals how Oriental tales, pseudo-ethnographies, sexual fantasies, and political satires took Europe by storm during the eighteenth century. Naming this body of fiction Enlightenment Orientalism, he poses a range of urgent questions that uncovers the interdependence of Oriental tales and domestic fiction, thereby challenging standard scholarly narratives about the rise of the novel.More than mere exoticism, Oriental tales fascinated ordinary readers as well as intellectuals, taking the fancy of philosophers such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Diderot in France, and wri
- 0226024504 (electronic bk.)
9780226024509 (electronic bk.)
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- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Reproduction Note:
- Electronic reproduction. Perth, W.A. Available via World Wide Web.
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- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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