This paper argues that by being both an orientalist and an anti-orientalist, a feminist and an anti-feminist, Montagu illustrates that both of these discourses had proto-forms in which they were not fully developed. The few who have examined Montagu in her own right gloss over the contradictions in her work and miss the opportunity to analyze her as an example of proto-orientalism and proto-feminism. This deterministic view of Montagu either supporting orientalism, anti-orientalism, feminism, or anti-feminism stifles the complexities of her letters and prevents an understanding of Montagu and these discourses within the context of time.
Harrington, Meaghan, "The Turkish Embassy Letters and the Development of Discourse" (2018). Undergraduate Research Awards, Hollins University. 38.
Undergraduate Research Awards - 2018 Winner, First-year/Sophomore category.