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Twentieth-century literary encounters in China : modernism, travel, and form / Jeffrey Mather.

Author/Creator:
Mather, Jeffrey, author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
Format/Description:
Book
172 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature; 68.
Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature ; 68
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Subjects:
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature).
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
China -- In literature.
Travel writing -- Great Britain.
Travel writing -- United States.
Summary:
"From the travel writing of the eccentric plant collector and Reginald Farrer, to Emily Hahn's insider depictions of bohemian life in semi-colonial Shanghai, to Ezra Pound's mediated 'journeys' to Southwest China via the explorer Joseph Rock - Anglo-American representations of China during the first half of the twentieth century were often unconventional in terms of style, form, and content. By examining a range of texts that were written in the flux of travel - including poems, novels, autobiographies - this study argues that the tumultuous social and political context of China's Republican Period (1912-49) was a key setting for conceptualizing cultural modernity in global and transnational terms. In contrast with accounts that examine China's influence on Western modernism through language, translation, and discourse, the book recovers a materialist engagement with landscapes, objects, and things as transcribed through travel, ethnographic encounter, and embodied experience. The book is organized by three themes which suggest formal strategies through which notions cultural modernity were explored or contested: borderlands, cosmopolitan performances, and mobile poetics. As it draws from archival sources in order to develop these themes, this study offers a place-based historical perspective on China's changing status in Western literary cultures"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
1. Introduction
Part I. Borderlands : 2. Frank Kingdon-Ward's Deep Map: Charting Southwest China
3. On the Eaves of the World: Liminal Landscapes and the Writings of Reginald Farrer
Part II : Cosmopolitan Performances. 4. Writing Lives in Emily Hahn's China
5. Between the Lines: Reading Romance in Han Suyin's Autofiction
Part III : Mobile Poetics. 6. Harriet Monroe in China: Modern Poetry and the Open Door Policy
7. Ethnography and poetic method: Southwest China, Joseph Rock, and Ezra Pound's "Drafts & Fragments"
8. Conclusion: 'A Cycle of Cathay.'
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Mather, Jeffrey, Twentieth-century literary encounters in China
ISBN:
9780367415983
0367415984
9780367815400
9781000727203
9781000727340
9781000727487
OCLC:
1134460511