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<i> The Englishwoman in Egypt</i>

Jason Thompson

in Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0027
 The Englishwoman in Egypt

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Sophia developed into a skilled writer. She relied heavily on the Description of Egypt manuscript, copying six chapters, or letters, from it nearly verbatim and drawing extensively on it for another five. These were primarily descriptions of Alexandria; the geography of Egypt, the Citadel, and Egyptian history, background subjects about which she knew little. The woman's point of view was precisely what Lane wanted his sister to supply. As a woman, she could go into women's spaces and interview women to gather information firsthand. He had written about women with apparent confidence in Modern Egyptians, but he knew how superficial his knowledge was.

Keywords: manuscript; Description of Egypt; Citadel; Egypt; Alexandria; Egyptian history; women

Chapter.  14601 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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