The Resource A taste for China : English subjectivity and the prehistory of Orientalism, Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

A taste for China : English subjectivity and the prehistory of Orientalism, Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

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A taste for China : English subjectivity and the prehistory of Orientalism
Title
A taste for China
Title remainder
English subjectivity and the prehistory of Orientalism
Statement of responsibility
Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Challenging existing narratives of the relationship between China and Europe, this study establishes how modern English identity evolved through strategies of identifying with rather than against China. Through an examination of England's obsession with Chinese objects throughout the long eighteenth century, A Taste for China argues that chinoiserie in literature and material culture played a central role in shaping emergent conceptions of taste and subjectivity. Informed by sources as diverse as the writings of John Locke, Alexander Pope, and Mary Wortley Montagu, Zuroski Jenkins begins with a consideration of how literature transported cosmopolitan commercial practices into a model of individual and collective identity. She then extends her argument to the vibrant world of Restoration comedy-most notably the controversial The Country Wife by William Wycherley-where Chinese objects are systematically associated with questionable tastes and behaviors. Subsequent chapters draw on Defoe, Pope, and Swift to explore how adventure fiction and satirical poetry use chinoiserie to construct, question, and reimagine the dynamic relationship between people and things. The second half of the eighteenth century sees a marked shift as English subjects anxiously seek to separate themselves from Chinese objects. A reading of texts including Aphra Behn's Oroonoko and Jonas Hanway's Essay on Tea shows that the enthrallment with chinoiserie does not disappear, but is rewritten as an aristocratic perversion in midcentury literature that prefigures modern sexuality. Ultimately, at the century's end, it is nearly disavowed altogether, which is evinced in works like Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote and Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. A persuasively argued and richly textured monograph on eighteenth-century English culture, A Taste for China will interest scholars of cultural history, thing theory, and East-West relations."--Publisher's website
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
820.9/3585
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.O75
LC item number
J46 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Global Asias
Label
A taste for China : English subjectivity and the prehistory of Orientalism, Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-271) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "China" and The Prehistory of Orientalism -- The Cosmopolitan Nation, "Where Order in Variety We See" -- The Chinese Touchstone of the Tasteful Imagination -- Defoe's Trinkets: Fiction's Spectral Traffic -- "Nature to Advantage Drest": The Poetry of Subjectivity -- How Chinese Things Became Oriental -- Disenchanting China: Orientalism and the English Novel -- Afterword: Rethinking Modern Taste
Control code
ocn861541210
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199345991
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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.b30012168
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)861541210
  • oso0199345996

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