Lady Mary Montagu has written number of letters for her daughter, sister, abbe conti and Lady Mar.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu came from a well known family. She is among the aristocrats during her time. This essay will analyze the style of writing and its significance. Her letter to her sister lady mar, to Sarah Chriswell, a letter to abbi conti and the letter about the woman in hamman are among the one being evaluated and discussed in this essay.
Lady Mary Montagu was able to produce 52 letters with only few of them were published because she doesn't want them to be published. The letters were presented to the public one year after her death. It was thru her daughter that they were able to collect her works and published it publicly. As you go along with the paper you will be able to realize the significance of epistolary writing in the 18th century particularly in the Turkish Embassy Letter.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Turkish Embassy Letter is written in epistolary form that described the Turkish culture and habits. It is highly self conscious due to its feminism and orientalism. Her letter was done in a feminist manner since she was focused on the different women in Turkey. Lady Mary Montagu was able to anticipate that those who will be focusing on what she wrote would be mostly men particularly the letter about the hammam. Since, during that time letters about women are being sexualized. That is why her writings are considered as feminist. During the 18th century gender was important in the society as to who will be dominant. In Lady Mary Montagu's writing she was aware of the position of women particularly in the way they wear as described in her letter to Lady Mar. Gender roles are shifting in every period, in relation to all kinds of factors (war, for instance, or economics, or notions of morality), gender is often a major focus of thought and writing, in popular culture and in theory. It was considered that Lady Mary Montagu's epistolary novel as highly self conscious due to its feminism because of the following reasons: on the way she wrote her letter, she is someone who is interested in analyzing and understanding gender as a system of cultural signs. And she is also particular on the gender system structure. On her letter she was able to show that masculine is always in the position rather than the women.
Lady Mary Montagu's writing is also orientalism. Orientalism is "a manner of regularized (or Orientalized) writing, vision, and study, dominated by imperatives, perspectives, and ideological biases ostensibly suited to the Orient." It is the image of the 'Orient' expressed as an entire system of thought and scholarship (Sered, D., 1996).
Lady Mary Montagu at the Turkish Bath
Lady Mary Montagu's letter about the hamman shows her feminism. Assuming that most of her reader would men especially about the women in hammam, she is very conscious in writing it. The letter wants to show that the female has its own liberty and they can experience it only in the Turkish bath. But the masculine society would sexualize it. Upon entering the hammam Lady Mary Montagu shows in her writing how the Turkish women enjoys the freedom they are experiencing inside. The clothes they are wearing which usually show their position in the society are being removed to show the equality of every woman inside. Even the