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Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Melissa Dickson

Abstract

Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Scheherazade winding out her intricate tales to win her nightly stay of execution: the stories of the Arabian Nights are a familiar and much-loved part of the English literary inheritance. But how did these tales become so much a part of the British cultural landscape? This book identifies the nineteenth century as the beginning of the large-scale absorption of the Arabian Nights into British literature and culture. It explores how this period used the stories as a means of articulating its own experiences of a rapidly changing environment. It a ... More

Keywords: Arabian Nights, Nineteenth-Century Britain, Memory, Childhood, Cultural Production, Cultural Exchange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474443647
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443647.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Dickson, author