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Trans-nationalizing Identity and Space in The Orient: 19th-century Women’s Travel Writing
The clash of people and civilizations from East to West has been a particularly rich, varied, and intense development in history. A glimpse across time into the city of Istanbul reveals varied cultures, groups of people and their diverse linguistic uses, food choices, social norms and religious customs. In addition to Edward Said’s “double perspective,” close critical readings of such works offer a transnational approach and exemplify trans-culturation in American and British literature as a characteristic of modernity. From Lady Mary Wortley Montague, to Julia Pardoe, and Agatha Christie Istanbul and its people were described by travelers as the most exotic city of the Orient. Whereas the Montague letters were primarily accounts of Ottoman women’s lives, Pardoe wrote unperturbedly about the people she met in Istanbul and described life as she saw it during Sultan Ahmed IInd reign.Submit 200-word abstracts on any aspect of trans-nationalizing and intersectionality of culture, identity and space to: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2018.
Professor, Temple University