From Genie to Efreet: Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights
Thursday, November 7, 2013
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Dr. Anne Duggan, Associate Professor of French and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Wayne State University; and Co-Editor Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights (with Cristina Bacchilega) of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies (Wayne State University Press)
Dr. Duggan will consider the evolution of the genie as a fantastic apparition from its emergence in French literature at the beginning of the eighteenth century to its development into the early twentieth century. In order to follow the textual and visual evolutions of the figure, Dr. Duggan will examine tales frequently depicted by illustrators of French and English editions, including: the lady of the rings of the frame narrative; “The Merchant and the Genie;” “The Fisherman and the Genie;” and “Aladdin.” As will become evident, the illustrated genie of the Old Regime has nothing to do with the turban- or fez-wearers of the twentieth century; however, the one aspect the genie maintains throughout its transformations over time (at least until Disney), is a fear we might associate with the fantastic that the creature inspires in those before whom it appears.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.