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The Resource The sultan's court : European fantasies of the East, Alain Grosrichard ; translated by Liz Heron ; with an introduction by Mladen Dolar

The sultan's court : European fantasies of the East, Alain Grosrichard ; translated by Liz Heron ; with an introduction by Mladen Dolar

Label
The sultan's court : European fantasies of the East
Title
The sultan's court
Title remainder
European fantasies of the East
Statement of responsibility
Alain Grosrichard ; translated by Liz Heron ; with an introduction by Mladen Dolar
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
This book is a survey of Western accounts of "Oriental despotism" in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It focuses particularly on portrayals of the Ottoman Empire and the supposedly enigmatic structure of the despot's court - the seraglio - with its viziers, janissaries, mutes, dwarfs, eunuchs and countless wives. Drawing on the writings of travellers and philosophers such as Montesquieu, Rousseau and Voltaire, the author goes further than cataloguing their fascination with the vortex of capriciousness, violence, cruelty, lust, sexual perversion and slavery which they perceived in the seraglio. Using a Lacanian psychoanalytical framework, he describes the process as one in which these leading Enlightenment figures were constructing a fantastic Other to counterpose their project of a rationally based society. He seeks not to refute the misconceptions but rather explore the nature of the fantasy and what it can reveal about modern political thought and power relations more generally. --Publisher
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DLC
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Structure du sérail
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1941-
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Grosrichard, Alain
Index
no index present
LC call number
JC381
LC item number
.G7613 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Wo es war
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  • Despotism
  • East and West
  • Turkey
  • Turkey
Label
The sultan's court : European fantasies of the East, Alain Grosrichard ; translated by Liz Heron ; with an introduction by Mladen Dolar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Subject Supposed to Enjoy / Mladen Dolar -- pt. I.A Genealogy of the Monster. 1. The Unnameable Threat. 2. The Concept of a Fantasy -- pt. II In Orient Desert ... 3. The Gaze and the Letter. 4. The Machine. 5. The Sword and the Book. 6. Mahomet Beside Himself -- pt. III The Shadow of the Seraglio. 7. The Anatomy of the Seraglio. 8. The Guardian of the Thresholds. 9. The Other Scene -- Wo es war
Control code
07UkOxUb13367213
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 222 p.
Isbn
9781859841228
Lccn
98029248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The sultan's court : European fantasies of the East, Alain Grosrichard ; translated by Liz Heron ; with an introduction by Mladen Dolar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Subject Supposed to Enjoy / Mladen Dolar -- pt. I.A Genealogy of the Monster. 1. The Unnameable Threat. 2. The Concept of a Fantasy -- pt. II In Orient Desert ... 3. The Gaze and the Letter. 4. The Machine. 5. The Sword and the Book. 6. Mahomet Beside Himself -- pt. III The Shadow of the Seraglio. 7. The Anatomy of the Seraglio. 8. The Guardian of the Thresholds. 9. The Other Scene -- Wo es war
Control code
07UkOxUb13367213
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 222 p.
Isbn
9781859841228
Lccn
98029248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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