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L’orientaliste et le mondain. Sociabilités aristocratiques transnationales en Italie (Florence, années 1870)

Abstract : The paper studies the social conditions of production of Orientalist knowledge in Post-unification Italy. It focuses on Florence, where a properly Italian Orientalism developed in the 1870s, and on one case: Turkish studies. The latter, which have long been considered as absent, were actually carried out by foreign scholars, erudite and amateurs, connected to Florence’s intellectual and mondain milieu. It is thus necessary to take into account transnational dynamics in order to understand the nationalisation and institutionalisation of Italian Oriental Studies. I examine the trajectory of these scholars, their modes of integration and their contribution to this field in the making. I also examine their sociability. They have their anchorage in scholars’ houses, in an Italy still characterized by a salon culture. I suggest to read Turkology as a sideline area.
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Marie Bossaert. L’orientaliste et le mondain. Sociabilités aristocratiques transnationales en Italie (Florence, années 1870). Mélanges de l’École française de Rome - Italie et Méditerranée, Ecole Française de Rome, 2018, La Fabrique transnationale de la « science nationale » en Italie, 130 (2), pp.333-348. ⟨10.4000/mefrim.4553⟩. ⟨halshs-02612183⟩

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