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Fables of the East: Selected Tales 1662-1785

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Fables of the East is the first anthology to provide textual examples of representations of oriental cultures in the early modern period drawn from a variety of genres: travel writing, histories, and fiction. Organized according to genre in order to illustrate the diverse shapes the oriental tale adopted in the period, the extracts cover the popular sequence of oriental tales, the pseudo-oriental tale, travels and history, and letter fictions. Authors represented range from the familiar--Joseph Addison, Horace Walpole, Montesquieu, Oliver Goldsmith--to authors of great popularity in their own time who have since faded in reputation such as James Ridley, Alexander Dow, and Eliza Haywood.

The selection has been devised to call attention to the diversity in the ways that different oriental cultures are represented to English readers. Readers of this anthology will be able to identify a contrast between the luxury, excess, and sexuality associated with Islamic Turkey, Persia, and Mughal India and the wisdom, restraint, and authority invested in Brahmin India and Confucian China. Fables of the East redraws the cultural map we have inherited of the eighteenth century, demonstrating contemporary interest in gentile and "idolatrous" religions, in Confucianism and Buddhism especially, and that the construction of the Orient in the western imagination was not exclusively one of an Islamic Near and Middle East.

Ros Ballster's introduction addresses the importance of the idea of "fable" to traditions of narrative and representations of the East. Each text is accompanied by explanatory head and footnotes, also provided is a glossary of oriental terms and places that were familiar to the texts' eighteenth-century readers.

About the Author

Born in Bombay, India, in 1962, Ros Ballaster has had an abiding interest in eastern culture and narrative. She was a visiting Fellow at Harvard University 1988-89; Lecturer in English Literature at University of East Anglia 1989-1993; and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow 2000-2003. She is currently College and University Fellow in English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Textual Note

3. The Framed Sequence

3.1. From The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704-1717) Translated by Antoine Galland

3.2. 'The fable of the mouse, that was changed into a little girl' from The Fables of Pilpay (1699) Translated by Joseph Harris

3.3. 'The history of Commladeve' from Tales, from the Inatulla of Delhi (1768) Translated by Alexander Dow

3.4. 'The Adventures of Urad' from Tales of the Genii (1764) James Ridley

4. The Pseudo-Oriental Tale

4.1. 'The history of the Christian eunuch' from Philidore and Placentia (1717) by Eliza Haywood

4.2. From The Spectator 512, 12 October 1712 by Joseph Addison

4.3. 'Mi Li, a Chinese fairy tale' from Hieroglyphic Tales (1785) by Horace Walpole

5. Travels and History

5.1. 'A voyage to Kachemire, the paradise of Indostan' from A Continuation of the Historie of Monsieur Bernier (1672) by Franois Bernier, translated by Henry Oxenberg

5.2. From The General Historie of the Mogol Empire (1709) by Niccolo Manucci, translated by Franois Catrou

5.3. From Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M-y W---y M----e (1763) by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

6. Letter Fictions

6.1. From Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy (1687-1696) by Giovanni Paolo Marana, translated by William Bradshaw

6.2. From Persian Letters (1722) by Charles Secondat de Montesquieu, translated by Charles Ozell

6.3. From The Citizen of the World (1672) by Oliver Goldsmith

7. Glossary

1. Introduction

2. Textual Note

3. The Framed Sequence

3.1. From The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704-1717) Translated by Antoine Galland

3.2. 'The fable of the mouse, that was changed into a little girl' from The Fables of Pilpay (1699) Translated by Joseph Harris

3.3. 'The history of Commladeve' from Tales, from the Inatulla of Delhi (1768) Translated by Alexander Dow

3.4. 'The Adventures of Urad' from Tales of the Genii (1764) James Ridley

4. The Pseudo-Oriental Tale

4.1. 'The history of the Christian eunuch' from Philidore and Placentia (1717) by Eliza Haywood

4.2. From The Spectator 512, 12 October 1712 by Joseph Addison

4.3. 'Mi Li, a Chinese fairy tale' from Hieroglyphic Tales (1785) by Horace Walpole

5. Travels and History

5.1. 'A voyage to Kachemire, the paradise of Indostan' from A Continuation of the Historie of Monsieur Bernier (1672) by Franois Bernier, translated by Henry Oxenberg

5.2. From The General Historie of the Mogol Empire (1709) by Niccolo Manucci, translated by Franois Catrou

5.3. From Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M-y W---y M----e (1763) by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

6. Letter Fictions

6.1. From Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy (1687-1696) by Giovanni Paolo Marana, translated by William Bradshaw

6.2. From Persian Letters (1722) by Charles Secondat de Montesquieu, translated by Charles Ozell

6.3. From The Citizen of the World (1672) by Oliver Goldsmith

7. Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199267347
Subtitle:
Selected Tales 1662-1785
Editor:
Ballaster, Rosalind
Editor:
Ballaster, Rosalind
Author:
null, Ros
Author:
Ballaster, Rosalind
Author:
Ballaster, Ros
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 18th C
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Publication Date:
20051208
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
70 halftones
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
5.6 x 8.6 x 1 in 1.031 lb

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