Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement by Eugène Delacroix , 1834
French imperialism in the 18th and 19th centuries lead to colonial expansion in Africa and Asia. Combined with the opening of trade routes in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, this lead to a rise in exploration by French missionaries, government officials, philosophers, artists, and writers. The creation of written accounts and art based on the perception of cultures unknown to Western audiences and travel to these three regions solidified orientalism as both a literary and artistic movement.
This guide will help you research, analyze and interpret French travel narratives and associated materials from the 18th and 19th centuries. The guide is divided into the following sections:
This research guide was originally developed and created by Tiffany Brand, MLIS, University of Pittsburgh ULS/SIS Diversity Librarian Fellowship and Residency Program Recipient, 2009-11.