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Dreaming of East : Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient - Barbara Hodgson

Dreaming of East

Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient

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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 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.

About the Author

Barbara Hodgson is a Vancouver writer, book designer, and photographer. Her first book was the much-acclaimed illustrated novel The Tattooed Map, set in Morocco and published by Chronicle Books. She collaborated with Karen Elizabeth Gordon and Nick Bantock on Paris out of Hand (also from Chronicle Books), a fictional guidebook to Paris, and has recently complied a bizarre anthology called The Rat: A Perverse Miscellany .

ISBN: 9781740664479
ISBN-10: 9781844488032
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.436
Edition Number: 1