Trans-nationalizing Identity and Space in The Orient: 19th Century Women’s Travel Writing Nemla 2019

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Nilgun A. Okur / NeMLA 2019, Washington D.C. March 21-24, 2019
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The clash of people and civilizations from East to West has been a particularly rich, varied, and intense development in history. Formulating new identities, while being surrounded by foreign space and native people, the traveler reflects the changing modes, times, and equally shifting cultural attitudes that can be found in a European’s travel writing. For instance, a glimpse across time into the city of Istanbul, held as a popular travel spot by visitors for centuries, reveals varied cultures, groups of people and their diverse linguistic uses, food choices, social norms and religious customs. Whereas these observations do not necessarily express or focus on clashes and challenges between Europe and the Orient, distortions are common, and varied, depending on the orientation of the visitor. Yet there are instances where the familiar coexist with foreigners’ accounts of the Orient, and appear as an auspicious entity that awaits to be further investigated. From Lady Mary Wortley Montague, to Julia Pardoe, and Agatha Christie Istanbul and its people were described by travelers as the most exotic city of the Orient. Whereas the Montague letters were primarily accounts of Ottoman women’s lives, Pardoe wrote unperturbedly about the people she met in Istanbul and described life as she saw it during Sultan Ahmed IInd reign. In addition to Edward Said’s inexorably present “double perspective,” close critical readings of such works offer a transnational approach, and exemplify trans-culturation in American and British literature, as a characteristic of modernity.  Please forw The clash of people and civilizations from East to West has been a particularly rich, varied, and intense development in history. A glimpse across time into the city of Istanbul reveals varied cultures, groups of people and their diverse linguistic uses, food choices, social norms and religious customs. In addition to Edward Said’s “double perspective,” close critical readings of such works offer a transnational approach and exemplify trans-culturation in American and British literature as a characteristic of modernity. From Lady Mary Wortley Montague, to Julia Pardoe, and Agatha Christie Istanbul and its people were described by travelers as the most exotic city of the Orient. Whereas the Montague letters were primarily accounts of Ottoman women’s lives, Pardoe wrote unperturbedly about the people she met in Istanbul and described life as she saw it during Sultan Ahmed IInd reign.Submit 200-word abstracts on any aspect of trans-nationalizing and intersectionality of culture, identity and space to: anadolu@temple.edu Due date: September 30, 2018.