Note on the Text Introduction PART I. THEORY, PEOPLE, GENRES Chapter 1. On Orientalism Chapter 2. Travelers, Tales, Audiences Chapter 3. Travel Writing and the Making of Europe PART II. ENVISIONING ORIENTS Chapter 4. Food and Foodways Chapter 5. Femininities Chapter 6. Sex Chapter 7. Civility Chapter 8. Bodies Afterword: For a Precolonial Middle Ages Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments
Kim M. Phillips is Associate Professor of History at the University of Auckland. She is coauthor (with Barry Reay) of Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History and author of Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, 1270-1540.
"Before Orientalism argues that medieval travelers were not and could not have been writing from an imperialist perspective as later 'Orientalist' writers are alleged to have done. Kim M. Phillips proves her case most convincingly, and following these travel writers through her examination of their texts is an exceedingly interesting journey."-David O. Morgan, University of Wisconsin-Madison "A richly detailed discussion of later medieval European travellers' accounts describing Eastern Asia. . . . Phillips's call for a 'precolonial studies,' in which the diversity of European responses to foreignness takes centre-stage, is a compelling point from which medieval and early modern historians might begin to question the historical specificity of language of conquest, ownership and desire outlined so influentially by Edward Said."-English Historical Review "A detailed and stimulating portrait of the heterogeneity of Western travelers' responses to what they saw, heard, tasted, touched, and smelled during their journeys to the distant regions of Asia."-Suzanne Conklin Akbari, University of Toronto "Well-argued and well-researched."-Speculum