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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935$
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Susan Nance

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832745

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807894057_nance

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Making the Familiar Strange: The Racial Politics of Eastern Exotic, 1893–1929

Making the Familiar Strange: The Racial Politics of Eastern Exotic, 1893–1929

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(p.137) Chapter 5 Making the Familiar Strange: The Racial Politics of Eastern Exotic, 1893–1929
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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935
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Susan Nance

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807894057_nance.9

This chapter discusses a particularly preeminent moment of intercultural observation and adaptation: the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Various modes of playing Eastern became prominent there among native-born and foreign-born people who competed for press attention, income, and credibility. Ottoman entrepreneurs and official representatives of the Sultan provided carefully managed but easily appropriated Eastern identities. White and black communities of Shriners also fought over the right to make use of the personae they found on the exposition grounds.

Keywords:   1893 Columbian Exposition, Eastern personae, Ottoman Empire

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