In the long shadow of 9/11 and the ongoing COVID pandemic, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters connect with the lived experience of today’s students, especially the cluster of eight letters dated 1 April 1717. By emphasizing parallels between Montagu’s observations and the students’ own lives, The Turkish Embassy Letters can add a modern dimension to the eighteenth century in general, challenges of gender, and texts written in and about the Muslim world.
Mary Wortley Montagu, Turkish Embassy Letters, Orientalism, Islamophobia, seraglio, inoculation, pandemic, smallpox
"Ripped from the Headlines: Teaching Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Turkish Letters in the Context of 21st-century Controversies,"
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: Vol.12: Iss.2, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol12/iss2/7