Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe

Autor Naghmeh Sohrabi
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 31 mai 2012
Taken for Wonder focuses on nineteenth century travelogues authored by Iranians in Europe and argues for a methodological shift from the study of travel to that of writing travel. This shift allows for a different interpretive framework that moves away from an over-emphasis on the destinations of travel (particularly in cases where the destination, like Europe, signifies larger meanings such as modernity) and which historicizes the travelogue itself as a rhetorical text in the service of its origin's concerns and developments. Within this framework, this book demonstrates the ways in which travel writings to Europe were used to position Qajar Iran (1917-1925) within a global context, i.e. narration of travel to Europe was also narrating the power of the Qajar court even when political events were tipped against it; and relatedly, how both travel to Europe and also translations of travel narratives into Persian should be included in our understanding of the importance of geography and mapping to the Qajars, especially during the latter half of the nineteenth century. In this process, it also re-examines the notion that Iranian modernity was the chief outcome of Iranians travelling in and writing about Europe.
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ISBN-13: 9780199829705
ISBN-10: 0199829705
Pagini: 192
Ilustrații: 6 illustrations
Dimensiuni: 163 x 236 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.38 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării:New York, United States


Her in-depth,literary-historical treatment of each text is enhanced by a seamless comparison of thematic and stylistic intersections between writers from chapter to chapter, thus providing a convincing account of the changing political motivations determining the evolution of the safarnamah. This book should not only be a vital reference point for historians interested in the Qajar dynasty, but should also be considered an invaluable resource for Iranian literary studies in tracing the evolution of the safarnamah as a literary mode.

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Naghmeh Sohrabi is Lecturer in History at Brandeis University.

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