â€œThe Persian Prince in Londonâ€: Autoethnography and Positionality in<i> Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan<i>
This paper explores the strategies and dynamics of Asian representation of the self and the colonial other in Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan (1810). I argue that while the process of autoethnography in an early period of colonisation anticipates the subsequent oscillation between submission and resistance, such representations are made complex by the positionality of the author within his milieu. Talebâ€™s text is marked by the ambiguity of his response to colonialism, engaging in a simultaneous admiration and critique of western practices, a critique that is made possible by his identity as the â€œPersian Prince.â€ Yet in its history of print, circulation and reception it becomes a tool in the propagation of colonial power.
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