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In Belated Travelers, Ali Behdad offers a compelling cultural critique of nineteenth-century travel writing and its dynamic function in European colonialism. Arriving too late to the Orient, at a time when tourism and colonialism had already turned the exotic into the familiar, late nineteenth-century European travelers to the Middle East experienced a sense of belatedness, of having missed the authentic experience once offered by a world that was already disappearing. Behdad argues that this nostalgic desire for the other contains an implicit critique of Western superiority, a split within European discourses of otherness. Working from these insights and using analyses of power derived from Foucault, Behdad engages in a new critique of orientalism. No longer viewed as a coherent and unified phenomenon or a single developmental tradition, it is seen as a complex and shifting field of practices that has relied upon its own ambivalence and moments of discontinuity to ensure and maintain its power as a discourse of dominance.

Through readings of Flaubert, Nerval, Kipling, Blunt, and Eberhardt, and following the transition in travel literature from travelog to tourist guide, Belated Travelers addresses the specific historical conditions of late nineteenth-century orientalism implicated in the discourses of desire and power. Behdad also views a broad range of issues in addition to nostalgia and tourism, including transvestism and melancholia, to specifically demonstrate the ways in which the heterogeneity of orientalism and the plurality of its practice is an enabling force in the production and transformation of colonial power.

An exceptional work that provides an important critique of issues at the forefront of critical practice today, Belated Travelers will be eagerly awaited by specialists in nineteenth-century British and French literatures, and all concerned with colonial and post-colonial discourse.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [151]-158) and index.

About the Author

Ali Behdad is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822314714
Author:
Behdad, Ali
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Stanley Fish
Author:
Behdad
Author:
Jameson, Fredric
Author:
Fish, Stanley
Location:
Durham, N.C. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Orientalists
Subject:
Middle East Study and teaching Europe.
Subject:
Study and teaching
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Middle East - Forei
Subject:
Middle East specialists
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
19940831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b&w photographs, 2 maps
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
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