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Contemporary criticism on the representation of female travellers of the Ottoman harem in the 19th century: a review

Mohd Ramli, Aimillia (2011) Contemporary criticism on the representation of female travellers of the Ottoman harem in the 19th century: a review. Intellectual Discourse, 19. pp. 263-279. ISSN 0128-4878 (In Press)

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Abstract

A common problem that needs addressing in the study of narratives concerning the Orient and the Ottoman harem in the 19th century, through an emphasis on gender, is the popular belief amongst certain groups in postcolonial and feminist scholarships that writings by women on these subjects are the alternative to hegemonic imperial discourse. Post-colonial and feminist critics whose research deals with women travel writers to the Middle East and North Africa�Sara Mills, Reina Lewis, Billie Melman, Susan Meyer and Shirley Foster�have all argued that since women were not directly involved in the imperial project, their writings on the Orient and the Ottoman harem should be considered as articulating alternative views in colonial narratives. One of the aims of this paper is to present evidence that suggests that narratives by women, as well as those by men, did not necessarily bear a counter-hegemonic imprint. It argues that in most cases, they display, through the attention to gender and race in relation to the Orient and the Ottoman harem, ambivalences that neither completely support nor subvert the imperialist subject.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2219/8189
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feminist Orientalism, travel writing, harem, gendered
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Aimillia Mohd Ramli
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 13:28
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2011 13:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/8189

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