Fables of the East: Selected Tales 1662-1785

Paperback | October 21, 2005

EditorRos Ballaster

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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 orientaltale 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 intheir 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, andMughal 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 Buddhismespecially, 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.

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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 orientaltale adopted in the period, the extracts cove...

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 En...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.62 inPublished:October 21, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Textual Note3. The Framed Sequence3.1. From iThe Arabian Nights Entertainments/i (1704-1717) Translated by Antoine Galland3.2. 'The fable of the mouse, that was changed into a little girl' from iThe Fables of Pilpay/i (1699) Translated by Joseph Harris3.3. 'The history of Commladeve' from iTales, from the Inatulla of Delhi/i (1768) Translated by Alexander Dow3.4. 'The Adventures of Urad' from iTales of the Genii/i (1764) James Ridley4. The Pseudo-Oriental Tale4.1. 'The history of the Christian eunuch' from iPhilidore and Placentia/i (1717) by Eliza Haywood4.2. From iThe Spectator/i 512, 12 October 1712 by Joseph Addison4.3. 'Mi Li, a Chinese fairy tale' from iHieroglyphic Tales/i (1785) by Horace Walpole5. Travels and History5.1. 'A voyage to Kachemire, the paradise of Indostan' from iA Continuation of the Historie of Monsieur Bernier/i (1672) by Francois Bernier, translated by Henry Oxenberg5.2. From iThe General Historie of the Mogol Empire/i (1709) by Niccolo Manucci, translated by Francois Catrou5.3. From iLetters of the Right Honourable Lady M-y W---y M----e/i (1763) by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu6. Letter Fictions6.1. From iLetters Writ by a Turkish Spy/i (1687-1696) by Giovanni Paolo Marana, translated by William Bradshaw6.2. From iPersian Letters/i (1722) by Charles Secondat de Montesquieu, translated by Charles Ozell6.3. From iThe Citizen of the World/i (1672) by Oliver Goldsmith7. Glossary

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"Ballaster's splendid study of the nature and impact of the oriental tale on the development of English prose fiction during the eighteenth century is surely destined to acieve classic status."--Gerald MacLean, Univerisy of York