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Author Min, Eun Kyung, 1967- author
Title China and the writing of English literary modernity, 1690-1770 / Eun Kyung Min
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  PR129.C6 M663 2018    AVAILABLE    30530001310119
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  873.295 M663:2    AVAILABLE    30580003418113
Descript xii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-271) and index
This book explores how a modern English literary identity was forged by its notions of other traditions and histories, in particular those of China. The theorizing and writing of English literary modernity took place in the midst of the famous quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Eun Kyung Min argues that this quarrel was in part a debate about the value of Chinese culture and that a complex cultural awareness of China shaped the development of a 'national' literature in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England by pushing to new limits questions of comparative cultural value and identity. Writers including Defoe, Addison, Goldsmith, and Percy wrote China into genres such as the novel, the periodical paper, the pseudo-letter in the newspaper, and anthologized collections of 'antique' English poetry, inventing new formal strategies to engage in this wide-ranging debate about what defined modern English identity
Introduction: China in English literary modernity -- China between the ancients and the moderns -- Robinson Crusoe and the Great Wall of China -- The new, uncommon, or strange: China in the spectator -- Oliver Goldsmith's serial Chinaman -- Thomas Percy's Chinese miscellanies and the reliques of ancient English poetry
Subject English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism
English literature -- 18th century -- Themes, motives
English literature -- Chinese influences
China -- In literature
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