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Taken for WonderNineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe$
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Naghmeh Sohrabi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199829705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829705.001.0001

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Writing Travel, Making Genre

Writing Travel, Making Genre

(p.3) Chapter 1 Writing Travel, Making Genre
Taken for Wonder

Naghmeh Sohrabi

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out the proposed theoretical framework for the book. It begins by evaluating the role of travelogues about Europe in Qajar historiography and suggests that a different interpretation of these texts can be reached by questioning the assumption that traveling equalled travel writing, that the genre of travelogues remained constant over the century, and that travel provided the primary site of observing and writing about Europe. This means a shift from a vertical reading of texts throughout the nineteenth century to a horizontal one that focuses on connections between travelogues and other texts of their time.

Keywords:   Qajar historiography, travel writing, literary genres, persianate, constitutional revolution

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