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Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662–1785

Ros Ballaster


This book considers this concept: 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. This book looks at the traffic of narrative between Orient and Occident in the 18th century, and challenges the assumption that has dominated since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) that such traffic is always one-way. 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’ t ... More

Keywords: narrative, stories, Orient, Occident, travellers' accounts, fable

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ros Ballaster, author
Fellow in English Literature, Mansfield College, Oxford University