Fables of the East: Selected Tales 1662-1785
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Fables of the East: Selected Tales 1662-1785

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1. INTRODUCTION ; 2. TEXTUAL NOTE ; 3. THE FRAMED SEQUENCE ; 3.1 From The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704-1717) Translated by Antoine Galland ; 3.2 'The fable of the mouse, that was changed into a little girl' from The Fables of Pilpay (1699) Translated by Joseph Harris ; 3.3 'The history of Commladeve' from Tales, from the Inatulla of Delhi (1768) Translated by Alexander Dow ; 3.4 'The Adventures of Urad' from Tales of the Genii (1764) James Ridley ; 4. THE PSEUDO-ORIENTAL TALE ; 4.1 'The history of the Christian eunuch' from Philidore and Placentia (1717) by Eliza Haywood ; 4.2 From The Spectator 512, 12 October 1712 by Joseph Addison ; 4.3 'Mi Li, a Chinese fairy tale' from Hieroglyphic Tales (1785) by Horace Walpole ; 5. TRAVELS AND HISTORY ; 5.1 'A voyage to Kachemire, the paradise of Indostan' from A Continuation of the Historie of Monsieur Bernier (1672) by Francois Bernier, translated by Henry Oxenberg ; 5.2 From The General Historie of the Mogol Empire (1709) by Niccolo Manucci, translated by Francois Catrou ; 5.3 From Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M-y W--y M--e (1763) by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu ; 6. LETTER FICTIONS ; 6.1 From Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy (1687-1696) by Giovanni Paolo Marana, translated by William Bradshaw ; 6.2 From Persian Letters (1722) by Charles Secondat de Montesquieu, translated by Charles Ozell ; 6.3 From The Citizen of the World (1672) by Oliver Goldsmith ; 7. GLOSSARY
Fables of the East is the first anthology to provide textual examples of representations of oriental cultures in the early modern period drawn from a variety of genres: travel writing, histories, and fiction. Organized according to genre in order to illustrate the diverse shapes the orientaltale adopted in the period, the extracts cover the popular sequence of oriental tales, the pseudo-oriental tale, travels and history, and letter fictions. Authors represented range from the familiar--Joseph Addison, Horace Walpole, Montesquieu, Oliver Goldsmith--to authors of great popularity intheir own time who have since faded in reputation such as James Ridley, Alexander Dow, and Eliza Haywood. The selection has been devised to call attention to the diversity in the ways that different oriental cultures are represented to English readers. Readers of this anthology will be able to identify a contrast between the luxury, excess, and sexuality associated with Islamic Turkey, Persia, andMughal India and the wisdom, restraint, and authority invested in Brahmin India and Confucian China. Fables of the East redraws the cultural map we have inherited of the eighteenth century, demonstrating contemporary interest in gentile and "idolatrous" religions, in Confucianism and Buddhismespecially, and that the construction of the Orient in the western imagination was not exclusively one of an Islamic Near and Middle East. Ros Ballster's introduction addresses the importance of the idea of "fable" to traditions of narrative and representations of the East. Each text is accompanied by explanatory head and footnotes, also provided is a glossary of oriental terms and places that were familiarto the texts'eighteenth-century readers.