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China and the Victorian Imagination: Empires Entwined
Today, the 'rise' of China is omnipresent: whether articulated as opportunity or threat, expected or surprising, China's global prominence is consistently proclaimed as new and noteworthy. Yet the Victorians held similar beliefs that China was rising in importance, and that its rise was integrally tied to the success of the West. This book traces the development of this pe ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published March 7th 2014 by Cambridge University Press
(first published July 31st 2013)
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It's really strange to review a colleague's book, although I genuinely thought this was very good--and important, for people working in Victorian-related contexts, to become aware of the sheer depth of China's penetration of the Victorian imagination. There's an important section discussing China-written accounts of local imperial conditions by Victorian settlers; and something that spoke to one of my own hobby-horses, the generic appropriateness of genres other than the novel to describing part ...more