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Britain's Chinese EyeLiterature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain$
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Elizabeth Hope Chang

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759458

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Britain's Chinese Eye
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to tell the story of how vision became subjective, material, and, consequentially, modern, in nineteenth-century Britain, and how literary and artistic texts directed and made plain those changes. The history of vision's development is told through a study of China, a geographical location that also came to designate particular kinds of visual and aesthetic form, as well as a particularly antithetical kind of foreignness. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Britain, China, nineteenth century, vision, visual imagination

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