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Author Yang, Chi-ming.

Title Performing China : virtue, commerce, and orientalism in eighteenth-century England, 1660-1760 / Chi-ming Yang
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 270 pages :) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: spectacle and the example of China -- Heroic effeminacy and the conquest of China -- Sincerity and authenticity : George Psalmanazar's experiments in conversion -- Transmigration, fabulous pedagogy, and the morals of the orient -- Luxury, moral sentiment, and the orphan of China -- Epilogue: global orientalism and the business of spectacle
Summary "China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was a model of economic and political strength, viewed by many as the greatest empire in the world. While the importance of China to eighteenth-century English consumer culture is well documented, less so is its influence on English values. Through a careful study of the literature, drama, philosophy, and material culture of the period, this book articulates how Chinese culture influenced English ideas about virtue. Discourses of virtue were significantly shaped by the intensified trade with the East Indies. Chi-ming Yang focuses on key forms of virtue--heroism, sincerity, piety, moderation, sensibility, and patriotism--whose meanings and social importance developed in the changing economic climate of the period. She highlights the ways in which English understandings of Eastern values transformed these morals. The book is organized by type of performance--theatrical, ethnographic, and literary--and by performances of gender, identity fraud, and religious conversion. In her analysis of these works, Yang brings to light surprising connections between figures as disparate as Confucius and a Chinese Amazon and between cultural norms as far removed as Hindu reincarnation and London coffeehouse culture."--Publisher's description
Notes OldControl:muse9781421404417
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject European literature -- 18th century.
China -- Civilization -- History.
China -- Foreign public opinion, British -- History -- 18th century
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1421402165 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1421404419 (electronic bk.)
9781421402161 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9781421404417 (electronic bk.)