Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Oriental Tales

Wendy Laura Belcher

in Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793211
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949700 | DOI:
Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Oriental Tales

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Johnson wrote many “oriental tales” over the same decade he wrote Rasselas, in the 1750s. Most appear to contain details that rise from Johnson’s reading about the Habasha. Some of the Habesha details in Johnson’s tales are mere geography or nomenclature, yet the amalgam of resemblances suggests a deep resonance, one informed by Habesha self-representations.

Keywords: Ethiopian discourse; Oriental tales; the vision of Theodoer; Samuel Johnson

Chapter.  10475 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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