Writing Lives in Emily Hahn's China

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Chapter in research book/monograph/textbook (Author)

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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
Pages71-94
ISBN (Electronic)9780367815400
ISBN (Print)9780367415983, 9781032088150
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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NameRoutledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the writings of the American author Emily Hahn and situates her work within the evolving historical context of mid-twentieth-century China. During her nine years in China, Hahn became a well-known figure in America, offering her readers insights into a changing cultural and political landscape from intimate and personal perspectives. This chapter discusses a number of Hahn’s works including The Soong Sisters (1941), her best-selling autobiography China to Me (1944), and her novels Steps of the Sun (1940) and Miss Jill (1949). By examining Hahn’s movements and the travels of her characters, this chapter argues that China’s semicolonial spaces served as a transformative context through which mid-twentieth-century modern and cosmopolitanism identities could be written and performed.

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Writing Lives in Emily Hahn's China. / Mather, Jeffrey.

Twentieth-Century Literary Encounters in China: Modernism, Travel, and Form. New York : Routledge, 2020. p. 71-94 (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Chapter in research book/monograph/textbook (Author)