The Turkish Embassy Letters (1763)
Like many women who rebelled against gender conventions, Montagu was the target of vicious attacks from her contemporaries. But her status as a woman traveller is crucial to her distinctive perspective, and one can argue that her letters offer a feminist alternative to much of the orientalist writing of both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This edition includes a broad selection of related historical documents on Turkey, women in the Arab world, Islam, and "Oriental" tales written in Europe.
- Paperback | 300 pages
- 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
- 30 Nov 2012
- Broadview Press Ltd
- Peterborough, Canada
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This Broadview edition includes a broad selection of related historical documents on Turkey, women in the Arab world, Islam, and "Oriental" tales written in Europe.
"Montagu's famous Letter-book has at last received the attention it has long deserved as an important piece of eighteenth-century travel literature. The lively introduction constructs the historical and literary context of the work, while an impressive set of appendices illustrates not just her world, but also that of her interlocutors and her contemporaries." - Virginia H. Aksan, McMaster University
"In their superb Introduction to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's The Turkish Embassy Letters, Teresa Heffernan and Daniel O'Quinn write that "much like her letters, it is only more recently that her strategic and intelligent engagement with Ottoman culture is being mined." Their edition is a timely and compelling reminder of the reasons why we should pay attention to the writing of this remarkable woman. They have produced what will no doubt be the definitive teaching edition for years to come." - Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
About Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Daniel O'Quinn is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.