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Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain
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Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Hardback)

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Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Scheherazade winding out her intricate tales to win her nightly stay of execution: the stories of the Arabian Nights are a familiar and much-loved part of the English literary inheritance. But how did these tales become so much a part of the British cultural landscape? Dickson identifies the nineteenth century as the beginning of the large-scale absorption of the Arabian Nights into British literature and culture. She explores how this period used the stories as a means of articulating its own experiences of a rapidly changing environment. She also argues for a view of these tales not as a depiction of otherness, but as a site of recognition and imaginative exchange between East and West, in a period when such common ground was rarely found.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismChildren's literature studies: generalEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legends Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Publication Date: 31/08/2019 ISBN-13: 9781474443647  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Melissa Dickson is an ECR-funded researcher at St Anne's College Oxford.

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