lecture 1.20 10 Arabian Nights

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Arabian Nights Entertainments , trans. Antoine Galland (1704-1717) 1. Context (Historical and Biographical) Most likely Persian or Indian in origin o Earliest written fragment: the “Introductory Tale” ca. ninth century; According to our editor, three main sources of “narrative material” (xi): o Ancient Persia and India (incl. frame story); o Baghdad, ca. tenth-twelfth centuries; o Cairo, ca. twelfth-fourteenth centuries Plus so-called “orphan” stories like “Aladdin” and “Ali Baba”; o Written down – in Arabic – between C12 - C14. Antoine Galland was an “orientalist” scholar working in France in the lC17: o In 1670s worked as secretary to Louis XIV’s ambassador to Constantinople; o Traveled through Greece, Syria, and present-day Israel; o In 1697 published the Bibliothèque orientale – an 8000-entry encyclopedia of Islam (which practically created the field of orientalism in Europe); o In 1690s he acquired mss. of the “Sindbad” stories (not in any Arabic version of the Nights ); published them in 1701 and his success inspired him to translate the whole of the
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course ENG 283 taught by Professor Bennion during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.

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