By Chi-ming Yang
China within the 17th and eighteenth centuries used to be a version of monetary and political power, seen through many because the maximum empire on the earth. whereas the significance of China to eighteenth-century English patron tradition is easily documented, much less so is its impression on English values. via a cautious learn of the literature, drama, philosophy, and fabric tradition of the interval, this e-book articulates how chinese language tradition stimulated English rules approximately advantage.
Discourses of advantage have been considerably formed by way of the intensified exchange with the East Indies. Chi-ming Yang specializes in key different types of virtue?heroism, sincerity, piety, moderation, sensibility, and patriotism?whose meanings and social value built within the altering financial system of the interval. She highlights the ways that English understandings of jap values reworked those morals.
The publication is equipped by means of form of performance?theatrical, ethnographic, and literary?and by way of performances of gender, id fraud, and spiritual conversion. In her research of those works, Yang brings to gentle striking connections among figures as disparate as Confucius and a chinese language Amazon and among cultural norms as a long way got rid of as Hindu reincarnation and London coffeehouse tradition.
Part of a brand new wave of cross-disciplinary scholarship, the place chinese language stories meets the British eighteenth century, this novel paintings will entice students in a few fields, together with functionality reports, East Asian reports, British literature, cultural historical past, gender experiences, and postcolonial studies.
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Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in Eighteenth-Century England, 1660-1760 by Chi-ming Yang