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Britain's Chinese Eye – Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Stanford Scholarship Online
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Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Elizabeth Hope Chang


This book traces the intimate connections between Britain and China throughout the nineteenth century and argues for China's central impact on the British visual imagination. The author brings together an unusual group of primary sources to investigate how nineteenth-century Britons looked at and represented Chinese people, places, and things, and how, in the process, ethnographic, geographic, and aesthetic representations of China shaped British writers' and artists' vision of their own lives and experiences. For many Britons, China was much more than a geographical location; it was also a wa ... More

Keywords: Britain, China, nineteenth century, visual imagination, creative inspiration, writers, artists, architects, aesthetics, literature

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804759458
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Hope Chang, author

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