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Paul Strohm: Chaucers’s voices, 11 July 2002

Pagans, Tartars, Muslims and Jews in Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ 
by Brenda Deen Schildgen.
Florida, 184 pp., £55.50, October 2001, 0 8130 2107 3
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... enables. I first encountered it in a 1986 essay on travel writing and descriptive ethnography by Mary LouisePratt, in which she points to ‘a very familiar, widespread and stable form of “othering”’ whereby ‘the people to be othered are homogenised into a collective “they”.’ This process goes on, even ...
Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History 
by Vron Ware.
Verso, 263 pp., £34.95, February 1992, 0 86091 336 8
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Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation 
by Mary LouisePratt.
Routledge, 257 pp., £35, January 1992, 9780415026758
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... and well-meaning Indians whose trajectories, in retrospect, are perceived merely to intersect. Mary LouisePratt’s Imperial Eyes, which analyses European travellers’ accounts of their experiences in the ‘contact zones’ of Africa and South America, is a better book than Ware’s, also a more enjoyable ...

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