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Epilogue

Mirza Abul Hassan Khan, James Morier, and the Queering of Hajji Baba

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 November 2020

Humberto Garcia
Affiliation:
University of California, Merced
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The epilogue ponders how the media reorientations that vexed Central and South Asian travelers to pre-1857 Britain sedimented over time, exposing an impotency latent in the discursive power formation now known as orientalism. The classic case study is James Morier’s Hajji Baba novels, which I interpret as satires against the English dandies and damsels who adopted Persian dress and demeanor to display social exclusivity rather than against Iranians like Abul Hassan Khan: the Persian ambassador whom Morier hosted in England in 1809–1810 and 1819. The ambassador’s queering in the English news circuit prompted Morier, a social climber anxious to claim masculine gentility, to project Londoners’ transculturation in Qajar fashions onto an Iran wallowing in Regency effeminacy – the Anglo-Persian dandy whose uncertain sexual orientation recoils on the British empire’s homosocial gentlemen.

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England Re-Oriented
How Central and South Asian Travelers Imagined the West, 1750–1857
, pp. 294 - 315
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Epilogue
  • Humberto Garcia
  • Book: England Re-Oriented
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108862486.009
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  • Epilogue
  • Humberto Garcia
  • Book: England Re-Oriented
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108862486.009
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  • Epilogue
  • Humberto Garcia
  • Book: England Re-Oriented
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108862486.009
Available formats
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