American Travel Narratives of the Orient (1830-1870) : a study in the nineteenth century latent orientalism

  • This dissertation seeks to examine the rise of interest in American travel narratives and increasing Orientalist representations on direct encounter with the Orient within the following six immediately popular and influential narratives David Porters Constantinople and Its Environs by an American (1835), Nathaniel P. Willis Pencillings by the Way (1836), John Lloyd Stephens Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petrea, and the Holy Land (1837), and Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland (1838), Bayard Taylors The Land of the Saracen, or Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily and Spain (1854), and Mark Twains Traveling with the Innocents Abroad, or the New Pilgrims Progress. The study traces 19th century American exceptionalist discourses in these narratives via categories of latent Orientalism and argue for a by no means uniform but an indigenous 19th century latent American Orientalism prevalent in these six texts. The analysis also draws on the substantial influence of the journey narrative both as a motif and as a genre in the 19th century American literary scene and its historically embedded impact. The work treats the discursive preferences of the authors as conscious strategies or subliminal reflexes in the national identity formation processes that these narratives partake in.

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Publishing Institution:IRC-Library, Information Resource Center der Jacobs University Bremen
Granting Institution:Jacobs Univ.
Author:Özmen Cansu Özge
Referee:Thomas Rommel, Brendan Dooley, Martin Heusser
Advisor:Thomas Rommel
Persistent Identifier (URN):urn:nbn:de:101:1-201305157461
Document Type:PhD Thesis
Language:English
Date of Successful Oral Defense:2010/01/21
Year of Completion:2010
Date of First Publication:2010/02/17
PhD Degree:Literature
School:SHSS School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Library of Congress Classification:D World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc. / DS Asia / DS41-66 Middle East. Southwestern Asia. Ancient Orient. Arab East. Near East / DS44.98-49.7 Description and travel
Call No:Thesis 2010/1

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