Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in by Elizabeth Chang

By Elizabeth Chang

This e-book lines the intimate connections among Britain and China in the course of the 19th century and argues for China's primary influence at the British visible mind's eye. Chang brings jointly an strange staff of basic assets to enquire how nineteenth-century Britons checked out and represented chinese language humans, locations, and issues, and the way, within the method, ethnographic, geographic, and aesthetic representations of China formed British writers' and artists' imaginative and prescient in their personal lives and stories. for plenty of Britons, China was once even more than a geographical position; it was once additionally a fashion of seeing and being visible that may be both embraced as inventive thought or rejected as contagious impression. In either situations, the belief of China's visible distinction stood in destructive distinction to Britain's evolving feel of the visible and literary genuine. to raised grab what Romantic and Victorian writers, artists, and designers have been doing at domestic, we also needs to comprehend the overseas "objects" present in their midst and what they have been abroad.

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