Dreaming of East: Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient
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Dreaming of East: Western Women and the Exotic Allure of the Orient

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When Lady Mary Wortley Montagu visited the baths in Turkey in 1717 she was so tightly corseted that Turkish women were convinced her husband had locked her into some devious machine. Montagu's account of her journey helped bring the region into the Western world's consciousness, and by the 1800s, the vogue for Orientalia had overtaken a continent slowly sinking into the gl...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 24th 2005 by Greystone Books (first published 2005)
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May 16, 2012 Salma marked it as paper-copy  ·  review of another edition
ذكرت المؤلفة في مقدمة كتابها الذي جمعت فيه عن المستشرقات اللواتي زرن الشرق، سؤالا في عن سبب انجذاب الغربيات للشرق، و بحثهن عن الحرية فيه، إذ كيف لشرق يحجب نساءه في حريم و يعطيهن مرتبة دنيا أن يكون ممدا لهؤلاء الغربيات بفكرة الحرية؟
الجواب الذي عثرت عليه المؤلفة أن الغربيات في بلادهن في تلك الفترة كانت حقوقهن ضيقة و النظرة إليهن دونية. لكن السفر للمشرق قد وفر لهؤلاء الغربيات الانعتاق من أعرافهن و سدت فجوة النقص التي يشعرن بها، و ذلك حين قارن معارفهن و أنفسهن بالمرأة الشرقية. فشعرن بتفوقهن، بالإضا...more
Like I said it's more of a coffee table book and a wee one at that. It gives an introduction to 19th C women who traveled through the "East" usually on their own, & many of them cross dressing as men. There's a lot of hype about the clothing they wore which may seem trivial now but was in fact a big factor in inhibiting women from doing things. The most annoying thing I found was the actual binding, being not really a book but more of a thick brochure, one really had to bend the spine to be...more
My 2009 bookcrossing review:

I really, really enjoyed this book. It´s not a long history book, and has lots of lovely glossy pictures in it. It´s a general overview of female travellers in the late 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s who went travelling in the middle east. Because it gave them freedom - which maybe seems bizarre as woman in these areas at the time had very cut-off lives stuck in harems often; but for the European woman to leave their native society and get to travel, realise what they w...more

I was very pleased once again with Barbara Hodgson's work. Not only was it detailed, it was entertaining as well! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading travel literature and social history. Barbara is one of the best authors in Canada today. I have read her fiction as well and I can certainly say that she is both a gifted author and artist/bookmaker. I also recommend checking out her website. She has created some very unique work. See Heavenly Monkey letter press and bind...more
Saturday's Child
Well done to those adventurous women travellers.
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Barbara Hodgson is a book designer with a degree in archeology and a diploma in graphic design. She began her career in book design by working for Douglas & McIntyre, moving from freelance designer to art director prior to taking on freelance work for other publishers and ultimately forming the book-packaging company Byzantium Books with Nick Bantock in 1993.

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