Nineteenth-Century Attitudes towards Women

  • Irene L. Szyliowicz


The search for the exotic generates a rich tradition in French literature, a tradition which can be traced back at least to the chroniclers of the Crusades, such as the Mémoires of Villehardouin (1212), and which achieves its most luxuriant growth in the nineteenth century. The interest in foreign lands and strange societies manifests itself in two literary genres: travel literature which was essentially ‘objective’ reportage, such as Tavernier’s Voyage en Turquie, en Perse et aux Indes (1676) and Bernier’s Voyages (1699); and fantasy travel, for example, Rabelais’ Pantagruel (1532), Montesquieû s Lettres persanes (1721), Diderot’s Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville (1722), Abbé Prévost’s Manon Lescaut (1731), and Bernardin de St Pierre’s Paul et Virginie (1788). Pierre Loti works in both genres and finds his most characteristic modes of expression in them.


Nineteenth Century Muslim Woman Literary Genre Luxuriant Growth French Writer 
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Notes to Chapter 3: Nineteenth-Century Attitudes Towards Women

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© Irene L. Szyliowicz 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene L. Szyliowicz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverUSA

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