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August 17, 2005


Abu Sinan

Orientalism at its finest. Said had it spot on!


While I agree the book covers seems to reduce the "Orient" to the desert and dancing girls, but it should be noted that within the European travel literature on 19th century Egypt, Flaubert's letters from Egypt are best known for his interest in "brothels" and "dancing girls" (in contrast to others who were stricken by what one author calls "ruinmania.) For an interesting contrast between Flaubert's and Florence Nightingale's travel writings, see: D.Gregory "Between the book and the lamp: imaginative geographies of Egypt, 1849-50" Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 20, Number 1, March 1995, pp. 29-57.

the aardvark

Darn, WH, that's really interesting and erudite. Far more so than my amused response. Thanks.

Nur al-Cubicle

All very Salambò if you ask me. Orientalism à l'outrance--snakes, sand and seduction (maybe some hashish, too) for frustrated Victorians.

More, more, more, more and more Salambo.


This is a great analysis; do you mind if I feature it on my website?

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