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1.25.10 lecture aladdin - The Story of Aladdin or The...

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“The Story of Aladdin; or The Wonderful Lamp” 1. Context One of the Galland trans. “orphan stories”: o Not in any of the four authoritative mss. sources in Arabic; A useful example of “Orientalism,” which Edward Said defines as: o The study of the Orient – or East (an academic field); o A way of “coming to terms with the Orient”: By making statements about, situating it, and imagining it; By contesting it: East as one of the West’s “deepest and most recurring images of the Other.” 2. Text(s) Read in C18 as more fully-developed “bourgeois romance”: o “Round” characters that develop over time; o Important subjects of emergent middle class. Compare with “Sindbad”: o Like “Aladdin,” highlights a thoroughly commercial world: Sindbad cannot live without business; Sindbad’s hardships justify his present life; o But is he a developed character? o
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  • Spring '10
  • Bennion
  • Edward Said, One Thousand and One Nights, Arabian Nights Entertainments, A Glossary of Literary Terms, African Magician, authoritative mss. sources

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