Le pôle « Voix orientales » (XVIème-long XIXème siècles) élabore une réflexion commune sur les marges spatiales et temporelles de l’empire britannique en regard d’un espace aux contours mouvants, “the East”. Explorant des domaines en marge de la grande histoire politique, ce pôle s’intéresse tout particulièrement aux acteurs et aux modalités du transfert culturel depuis et vers le Proche et le Moyen Orient, l’Asie Centrale, l’Inde et l’Extrême Orient, comme par exemple à travers les réseaux de commerce et de sociabilité, les circulations d’idées, de modes, de textes et de biens matériels, le rôle des traducteurs et autres passeurs culturels. Diverses manifestations scientifiques (ateliers, journées d’étude/ colloques) permettront d’explorer ces voies/voix.

Dernière parution :

  • Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England: Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period
    Claire Gallien and Ladan Niayesh (eds.)


Palgrave Macmillan,
208 pages
ISBN 978-3-030-22924-5.
Hardcover 103,99 euros
eBook 59,49 euros.
lien éditeur : https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030229245




The concept of resonance collapses the binary between subject and object, perceiver and  perceived, evoking a sound or image that is prolonged and augmented by making contact with another surface. This collection uses resonance as an innovative framework for understanding the circulation of people and objects between England and its multiple Asian Easts. Moving beyond Saidian Orientalism to engage with ongoing critical conversations in the fields of connected history, material culture, and thing theory, it offers a vibrant range of case studies that consider how meanings accrue and shift through circulation and interconnection from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Spanning centuries of traveling translations, narratives, myths, practices, and other cultural phenomena, Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England puts forth resonance not just as a metaphor, but a mode of investigation.

Table of contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Introduction (Claire Gallien, Ladan Niayesh) 1-14
  • 2. “Not fit for any other pursuit”: Shifting Places, Shifting Identities in Ludovico di Varthema’s Itinerario (Supriya Chaudhuri) 17-34
  • 3. “A Pattern to all Princes”: Locating the Queen of Sheba (Matthew Dimmock) 35-50
  • 4. “Endued with a natural disposition to resonance and sympathy”: “Harmonious” Jones’s Intimate Reading and Cultural Translation of India (Michael J. Franklin) 51-71
  • 5. Ancient Persia, Early Modern England, and the Labours of “Reception” (Jane Grogan) 75-92
  • 6. “Enthusiastick” Uses of an Oriental Tale: The English Translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqdhan in the Eighteenth Century (Louisiane Ferlier, Claire Gallien) 93-114
  • 7. The Manchu Invasion of Britain: Nomadic Resonances in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Chinoiserie Aesthetics, and Material Culture (Laurence Williams) 115-135
  • 8. From Jehol to Stowe: Ornamental Orientalism and the Aesthetics of the Anglo-Chinese Garden (Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding) 139-162
  • 9. “A Mart for Everything”: Commercial Empire and India as Bazaar in the Long Eighteenth Century (Diego Saglia) 163-181
  • 10. Collecting in India and Transferring to Britain, or the Intertwined Lives of Indian Statues and Colonial Administrators (Late Eighteenth Century to Early Nineteenth Century) (Anne-Julie Etter) 183-199
  • Index