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Dreaming of East: Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient

Dreaming of East Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient When Lady Mary Wortley Montagu visited the baths in Turkey in she was so tightly corseted that Turkish women were convinced her husband had locked her into some devious machine Montagu s account

  • Title: Dreaming of East: Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient
  • Author: Barbara Hodgson
  • ISBN: 9781553652045
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Lady Mary Wortley Montagu visited the baths in Turkey in 1717 she was so tightly corseted that Turkish women were convinced her husband had locked her into some devious machine Montagu s account of her journey helped bring the region into the Western world s consciousness, and by the 1800s, the vogue for Orientalia had overtaken a continent slowly sinking into thWhen Lady Mary Wortley Montagu visited the baths in Turkey in 1717 she was so tightly corseted that Turkish women were convinced her husband had locked her into some devious machine Montagu s account of her journey helped bring the region into the Western world s consciousness, and by the 1800s, the vogue for Orientalia had overtaken a continent slowly sinking into the gloomy repressions of the Victorian era Richly illustrated with color photos and sketches, Dreaming of East examines not just the exotic trappings of the Middle East but the heady freedoms it offered Western women Conditioned to defer to men, women travelers were suddenly free to make their own choices and form their own opinions, ones that were respected by all people, including men For a woman all too used to her inferior status, this venture into quasi equality and latent sexuality was exhilarating When she returned home, and found herself again relegated to second place, she would never be content there again.

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    1. ذكرت المؤلفة في مقدمة كتابها الذي جمعت فيه عن المستشرقات اللواتي زرن الشرق، سؤالا في عن سبب انجذاب الغربيات للشرق، و بحثهن عن الحرية فيه، إذ كيف لشرق يحجب نساءه في حريم و يعطيهن مرتبة دنيا أن يكون ممدا لهؤلاء الغربيات بفكرة الحرية؟ الجواب الذي عثرت عليه المؤلفة أن الغربيات ف [...]

    2. Like I said it's more of a coffee table book and a wee one at that. It gives an introduction to 19th C women who traveled through the "East" usually on their own, & many of them cross dressing as men. There's a lot of hype about the clothing they wore which may seem trivial now but was in fact a big factor in inhibiting women from doing things. The most annoying thing I found was the actual binding, being not really a book but more of a thick brochure, one really had to bend the spine to be [...]

    3. Depois de séculos confinados à ideia de que o destino natural de todas as mulheres até ao início do século XX era o lar, surgem agora diversos trabalhos de história que demonstram que a vida real nunca foi assim tão linear. São já muitos os livros que se detêm no percurso de mulheres que optaram por outros caminhos, conjugados ou não com o que alguém um dia designou como projectos mais amenos (como casar e ter filhos). E são tantas essas mulheres que, não podendo considerar-se a re [...]

    4. My 2009 bookcrossing review:I really, really enjoyed this book. It´s not a long history book, and has lots of lovely glossy pictures in it. It´s a general overview of female travellers in the late 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s who went travelling in the middle east. Because it gave them freedom - which maybe seems bizarre as woman in these areas at the time had very cut-off lives stuck in harems often; but for the European woman to leave their native society and get to travel, realise what they [...]

    5. I don't know if this book really merits four stars, but it is a lovely presentation and quite informative, albeit quite brief. I doubt I'll ever get around to reading the books by any of the women in it, but now have a better idea who they were, as I knew many of their names already. I do wonder why she didn't mention that Montague was a great proponent of vaccinations, which she saw "in action" during her travels.

    6. Aside from the by-now banal orientalist images, I wish I hadn't stumbled on this book by accident and hadn't bothered to try reading it. The book lacks any sort of critical analysis, and is merely another example of Westerners' fascination with the 'exotic'. In fact, the author mentions in the introduction that while "it is no longer possible to write about European women in the East without some reference to [Said's] 'Orientalism', feminism, and imperialism. This books is not about these aspect [...]

    7. I was very pleased once again with Barbara Hodgson's work. Not only was it detailed, it was entertaining as well! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading travel literature and social history. Barbara is one of the best authors in Canada today. I have read her fiction as well and I can certainly say that she is both a gifted author and artist/bookmaker. I also recommend checking out her website. She has created some very unique work. See Heavenly Monkey letter press and bindi [...]

    8. An interesting look at women travellers to the Middle East from the 17th century to the early 20th and how by immersing themselves in another culture they were able to find freedom they couldn't at home. While this book does not go into great depth, it makes interesting arguments and is beautifully illustrated. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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