Women’s Bravery: Jane Dieulafoy, Queen Parysatis, and the Reception of the Persian Empire in 19th Century France

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Jorunn Okland [+-]
University of Oslo
Jorunn Okland, Professor at the University of Oslo; Director, Norwegian Institute at Athens; Translator, Norwegian Bible Society; Literature reviewer in the daily newspaper Vårt Land. Publications: Women in their Place: Paul and the Corinthian Discourse of Gender and Sanctuary Space (T&T Clark, 2004); Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred (T&T Clark, 2016).

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“Ancient Persia and the “Persian Period” have been important for the production of biblical literature. This essay presents Jane Dieulafoy, French explorer, excavator of Susa, writer, and ethnographer, whose work complemented the knowledge produced by biblical scholars – through studies of material remains, archaeological excavations, and ethnographic fieldwork. Based on and inspired by her findings in the mentioned research areas, she turned her prize-winning novel on the Ancient Persian queen Parysatis into a libretto for a drame lyrique (an operatic sub-genre) of the same name, with incidental music by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The drama is discussed under the umbrella of reception history, including the reception history of the Persian Empire in the imperial ambitions of 19th Century France. Dieulafoy’s interest in the opera format, as demonstrated through the libretto for Parysatis, represents the convergence point for her research areas, cultural engagements and political entanglements

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Okland, Jorunn. Women’s Bravery: Jane Dieulafoy, Queen Parysatis, and the Reception of the Persian Empire in 19th Century France. The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500228. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41657. Date accessed: 15 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41657. Nov 2021

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