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1. Narrative moves 1.1: Dinarzade, the second string 1.2: The state of narrative 2. Shape shifting: oriental tales 2.1: Fadlallah and Zemroude, transmigratory desires 2.2: The framed sequence 2.3: Travellers' tales 2.4: Fictional letters 2.5: Histories 2.6: Heroic drama 2.7: A passion for tales 3. Tales of the seraglio: Turkey and Persia 3.1: Roxolana: the loquacious courtesan 3.2: Speaking likenesses: Turkey and Persia 3.3: Loquacious women I: staging the Orient 3.4: Loquacious women II: narrating the Orient 3.5: Speculative men I: spies and correspondents 3.6: Speculative men II: court secrets 3.7: 'Fabulous and Romantic': the Embassy Letters and the Sultan's Tale 4. 'Bearing Confucius' morals to Britannia's ears': China 4.1: Turandocte: the riddling princess 4.2: Chinese whispers 4.3: Orphans and absolutism: tragedies of state 4.4: Empires of Dulness 4.5: Narrative transmigrations 4.6: Chinese letters of reason 4.7: Madness and civilization 5. 'Dreams of men awake': India 5.1: Canzade: the illusory sati 5.2: India as illusion 5.3: 'The dreaming priest': Aureng-Zebe 5.4: The treasures of the East: Indian tales 5.5: Tales of India: weaving illusions 5.6: The Indian fable: rational animals 5.7: Waking from the dream 6. Epilogue: Romantic revisions of the Orient

About the Author

Born in Bombay, India, in 1962, Ros Ballaster has had an abiding interest in eastern culture and narrative. She was a visiting Fellow at Harvard University 1988-89; Lecturer in English Literature at University of East Anglia 1989-1993; and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow 2000-2003. She is currently College and University Fellow in English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford.


`Review from previous edition a very welcome addition to the available scholarship' T.H. Barrett, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies `rich and wide-ranging account of Restoration and eighteenth-century fictions of the East... Critically adroit and historically nuanced... brilliant discussions' Tom Keymer

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