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

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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.

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

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  • ISBN13: 9781611490626
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781611490626
  • weight: 508
  • ISBN10: 1611490626

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