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Pauline Suwanban

Orientalism and Popular Romance.

My research examines the connection between Orientalism and the early development of the popular romance genre.

I aim to define and examine the recurring figure of the ‘Oriental Beast’, a mythical and fairy tale character who continues to dominate the framework of popular romance. I take a comparative approach across 18th Century Amatory and Gothic texts to early 20th Century Desert Romances, especially ‘Sheik’ romances; an interwar phenomenon that continues today as a popular sub-genre within the romance industry.

My authors include Eliza Haywood, Penelope Aubin, Charlotte Dacre, E.S Drower and E.M. Hull. I am interested in the romanticised figures of female travellers, such as Lady Jane Digby and Isabelle Eberhardt.

Supervisors: Professor Marina Warner and Dr Katherine Angel.