Dreaming of East


Dreaming of East explores the enduring fascination that the Middle East has exerted on women of the West, both because of its exotic trappings and because of the freedom it seemed to offer. When Lady Mary Wortley Montagu visited baths in Turkey in 1717, the first European woman on record to have ever done so, she was so tightly corseted that the women bathing there were convinced that her husband had locked her into some kind of devious machine.Montagu, stiff in her whalebone undergarments, envied not only the free and luxurious nudity of the bathers but was drawn to the apparent liberty of other aspects of their lives. She coveted this freedom and spent the rest of her life pursuing her own independence. read more

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ISBN:

9781553651185

Format:

Hardback

Dimensions:

23cm x 14cm

RRP:

$34.99

Category:

Travel

Publisher:

Hardie Grant Books

Published:

01 October 2005

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Hodgson