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Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Elizabeth Hope Chang

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759458
eISBN:
9780804775878
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

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 ... More


Introduction

in Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759458
eISBN:
9780804775878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

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 ... More


Plate

in Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759458
eISBN:
9780804775878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter describes how the circulation of patterned porcelain allowed the Chinese garden to be understood as a domestic commodity, and also explains how the increasingly mechanized production of ... More


Photograph

in Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759458
eISBN:
9780804775878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers how photography sought to erase the effects of the Chinese aesthetic by claiming to make China real, and argues that, given the camera operator's embodiment of this preceding ... More


Conclusion

in Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759458
eISBN:
9780804775878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759458.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. This book has followed both British celebrations and repudiations of China's familiar exotic in nineteenth century, arguing that such ... More


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