A Taste for the Foreign: Worldly Knowledge and Literary Pleasure in Early Modern French Fiction

A Taste for the Foreign: Worldly Knowledge and Literary Pleasure in Early Modern French Fiction

By: Ellen R. Welch (author)Hardback

1 - 2 weeks availability


A Taste for the Foreign examines foreignness as a crucial aesthetic category for the development of prose fiction from Jacques Amyot's 1547 translation of The Ethiopian Story to Antoine Galland's early eighteenth-century version of The Thousand and One Nights. Concentrating on the most successful examples of some of the most important sub-genres of prose fiction in the long seventeenth century-heroic romances, shorter urban novels, fictional memoirs, and extraordinary voyages-the book examines how these types of fiction creatively appropriate the scientific or documentary forms of writing that claimed to inform the French public about exotic places.

Create a review

About Author

Ellen R. Welch is assistant professor of French and Francophone studies in the Romance Languages Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Chapter 1 Introduction: Manufacturing Foreignness: Exoticism, Commodities, and the Novel Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Fiction and the Aesthetics of Foreignness Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Armchair Conquests: Heroic Romance and the Cartographies of Desire Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Cosmopolitan Seductions: City Guides and Parisian Novels Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Secret Agents, Foreign Courts: International Voyeurism in Memoir Fictions Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Consuming Curiosities in Extraordinary Voyage Novels Chapter 7 Epilogue: L'utile et l'agreable in the Age of Orientalism

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN13: 9781611490626
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781611490626
  • weight: 508
  • ISBN10: 1611490626

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly