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Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature

Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature

by Bernadette Andrea
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521867649

ISBN-13: 9780521867641

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this innovative study, Bernadette Andrea focuses on the contributions of women and their writings in the early modern cultural encounters between England and the Islamic world. She examines previously neglected material, such as the diplomatic correspondence between Queen Elizabeth I and the Ottoman Queen Mother Safiye at the end of the sixteenth century, and

Overview

In this innovative study, Bernadette Andrea focuses on the contributions of women and their writings in the early modern cultural encounters between England and the Islamic world. She examines previously neglected material, such as the diplomatic correspondence between Queen Elizabeth I and the Ottoman Queen Mother Safiye at the end of the sixteenth century, and resituates canonical accounts, including Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's travelogue of the Ottoman empire at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Her study advances our understanding of how women negotiated conflicting discourses of gender, orientalism, and imperialism at a time when the Ottoman empire was hugely powerful and England was still a marginal nation with limited global influence. This book is a significant contribution to critical and theoretical debates in literary and cultural, postcolonial, women's, and Middle Eastern studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521867641
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'the borrowed veil': reassessing gender studies of early modern England and Islam; 1. Early modern Queens and Anglo-Ottoman trade; 2. The imaginary geographies of Mary Wroth's Urania; 3. Early Quaker women, the missionary position, and Mediterraneanism; 4. The female wits and the genealogy of feminist Orientalism; 5. The scandal of polygamy in Delarivier Manley's Roman à Clef; Coda: Arab women revisit Mary Wortley Montagu's hammam.

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