Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands
Barbara Spackman is Giovanni and Ruth Elizabeth Cecchetti Professor of Italian Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley. Her previous books include Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D’Annunzio (Cornell UP, 1989) and Fascist Virilties: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Social Fantasy in Italy (Minnesota UP, 1996)
Chapter One: Detourism: The Orientalism of Amalia Nizzoli’s Egyptian Memoirs
Chapter Two: Hygiene in the Harem: The Orientalism of Cristina di Belgiojoso
Chapter Three: Male Masquerade in Mecca
Chapter Four: Muslim in Milan: The Orientalisms of Leda Rafanelli
Epilogue: Divorce Islamic Style: Passing and Posing as Muslim and Tunisian in Post-colonial Italy
"Barbara Spackman’s brilliantly argued and meticulously researched work engages its reader in a complex questioning of how some of the most basic structures that support a sense of collective or individual identity have been negotiated, appropriated and performed [...] The historical range and conceptual depth of Accidental Orientalists are such that it will prove essential reading for anyone who wishes to delve into the dynamics of transcultural exchange during a period of relentless social and political change."
Charles Burdett, Bristol University
'Accidental Orientalists offers fascinating material and a compelling discussion.'
Dr Giorgia Alù, University of Sydney
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: July 28, 2017
Series: Transnational Italian Cultures 2