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Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople (Hardback)


New Introduction by Scott A. Leonard


Lady Annie Brassey (1839-1887) possess a keen eye for human interest and narrative detail that propelled her to international fame as a travel writer. This book presents a daily diary of two voyages to Constantinople aboard her family yacht in the mid 1870s. Here, the modern reader may glimpse the natural wonders, cultural distinctions, and political circumstances of such countries as Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Turkey during that time period. Readers will also find an excellent example of the nineteenth-century European fascination with the "Orient."
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-202-5
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Oct 8,2004
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 544
ISBN: 1-59333-202-5
$217.00
$130.20

In Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople, Lady Annie Brassey(1839-1887) exemplifies the keen eye for human interest and narrative detail that propelled her to international fame as a travel writer. These pages present a daily diary of two voyages to Constantinople aboard the family yacht, Sunbeam. Here, the modern reader may glimpse the natural wonders, cultural distinctions, and political circumstances of such countries as Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Turkey during the mid-1870s. Whether Lady Brassey is describing a boar hunt in rural Algeria, speculating on the causes of fever, or relating her tea-time conversation with the wives of Sultan Abdnlaziz in their Turkish harems, she is always a cheerful, informed, and compelling guide. One also finds in this book an excellent example of the nineteenth-century European fascination with the "Orient" as a place of exotic customs, redolent sensuality, and commonplace cruelty - a place, that is, existing partly as a complex metaphor for imperial Europe's attitude toward "the Other" and partly as a socio-political reality.

Scott A. Leonard is Professor of English at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Cultures in Dialogue returns to print sources by women writers from the East and West. Series One considers the exchanges between Ottoman, British, and American women from the 1880s to the 1940s. Their varied responses to dilemmas such as nationalism, female emancipation, race relations and modernization in the context of the stereotypes characteristic of Western harem literature reframe the historical tensions between Eastern and Western cultures, offering a nuanced understanding of their current manifestations.

Series Editors:

Teresa Heffernan is Associate Professor of English at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, Canada.Reina Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London, UK.

In Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople, Lady Annie Brassey(1839-1887) exemplifies the keen eye for human interest and narrative detail that propelled her to international fame as a travel writer. These pages present a daily diary of two voyages to Constantinople aboard the family yacht, Sunbeam. Here, the modern reader may glimpse the natural wonders, cultural distinctions, and political circumstances of such countries as Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Turkey during the mid-1870s. Whether Lady Brassey is describing a boar hunt in rural Algeria, speculating on the causes of fever, or relating her tea-time conversation with the wives of Sultan Abdnlaziz in their Turkish harems, she is always a cheerful, informed, and compelling guide. One also finds in this book an excellent example of the nineteenth-century European fascination with the "Orient" as a place of exotic customs, redolent sensuality, and commonplace cruelty - a place, that is, existing partly as a complex metaphor for imperial Europe's attitude toward "the Other" and partly as a socio-political reality.

Scott A. Leonard is Professor of English at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Cultures in Dialogue returns to print sources by women writers from the East and West. Series One considers the exchanges between Ottoman, British, and American women from the 1880s to the 1940s. Their varied responses to dilemmas such as nationalism, female emancipation, race relations and modernization in the context of the stereotypes characteristic of Western harem literature reframe the historical tensions between Eastern and Western cultures, offering a nuanced understanding of their current manifestations.

Series Editors:

Teresa Heffernan is Associate Professor of English at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, Canada.Reina Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London, UK.

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Lady Annie Brassey

  • Introduction to the Series
  • Introduction to the Reprint
  • Preface
  • Our Start - Ryde, Tangier, and Gibraltar
  • Tetuan, Ceuta, and Sicily
  • Athens, Greece, and the Archipelago
  • Constantinople
  • The Boshporus and its Palaces
  • The Black Sea, Skutari, Broussa, Harems
  • Visits from Turkish Ladies. Feast of Bairam. Walls and Palaces of Constantinople
  • The Sea of Marmora, Dardanelles, Smyrna, Ephesus, Chios, and Milo
  • Zante, Ithaca, Cephalonia, Corfu, and Albania
  • Paxos, Spartivento, Messina, and Naples
  • Bastia, Nice, Paris, and Home
  • Portsmouth, Brest, and Vigo
  • Cadiz, Seville, and Gibraltar
  • Naples, Pompeii, P├Žstum, Capri, Messina, and Cyprus
  • Island of Cyprus. Port Paho, Limasol, Larnaka
  • Nikosia, Mathiati, and Famagousta
  • Kyrenia, Morfu, Kikko, and Karavastasia
  • Rhodes, Basika Bay, The Dardanelles
  • Artaki Bay, English Fleet, and Constantinople
  • Adrianople
  • Constantinople Again, Gallipoli, Syra, and Milo
  • Milo to Malea and Malta
  • From Malta to Marseilles
  • Home Once More