Introduction

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Foreword/preface/postscript

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwentieth-Century Literary Encounters in China
Subtitle of host publicationModernism, Travel, and Form
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages1-15
ISBN (Electronic)9780367815400
ISBN (Print)9780367415983, 9781032088150
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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NameRoutledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

Abstract

This introductory chapter situates this study in relation to a larger discussion about China’s representation in Western literature and travel writing, arguing that the early twentieth century served as a point of transition in terms of how China-West relations were imagined: from old worlds to new worlds, from empires to a global network of reciprocal exchange. The chapter outlines the book’s organization in terms of three main themes – borderlands, cosmopolitan performances, and mobile poetics – which are intended to allow for a rethinking of cultural modernity outside of nation-based frames and in relation to new material realities, affects, and spatial proximities. The chapter also outlines the book’s methodology which focuses on travel and embodied experience, as opposed to discussions of China’s translation or imagining within discourse, in order to highlight a place-based and materialist approach to understandings of global modernity.

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Introduction. / Mather, Jeffrey.

Twentieth-Century Literary Encounters in China: Modernism, Travel, and Form. New York : Routledge, 2020. p. 1-15 (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Foreword/preface/postscript