Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
This project focuses on the impact that Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt had on François-Réné de Chateaubriand's Itinéraire de Paris à Jérusalem. Napoleon's campaign in Egypt set forth an unprecedented imperial ideology that sought to know and thus conquer the Middle East in every facet. The scientific findings of the campaign were immortalized in a twenty-three-volume work known as La Description de l'Égypte, which recounted a narrative of French imperial domination and cultural superiority. In this project, I draw a link between the process of mapping and representations found in the Description and Chateaubriand's continuation of both the imperial narrative and the erasure of the `Other' in his Itinéraire.