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Article: New Dreams Of China: The China Novels Of Anne Duffield

TitleNew Dreams Of China: The China Novels Of Anne Duffield
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherTaylor and Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/09574042.html
Citation
Women: A Cultural Review, 2015, v. 26 n. 1-2, p. 112-128 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article examines the work of a forgotten novelist, Anne Duffield, whose early novels set in China merit re-examination. Utilizing but also subverting the romance novel formula and alert to the utopian appeal of entertainment, Duffield’s The Lacquer Couch and Lantern-Light create a dream of China that invites intercultural connection, friendship and understanding. As China in the 1920s was rocked by anti-foreigner violence, the vision of these two novels was an appealing and hopeful alternative to the resurgent fears of malevolent fiends reminiscent of an earlier ‘Yellow Peril’ discourse. In addition, Duffield’s China, though romanticized, is also a modern and cosmopolitan one—an important counter to a tendency to imagine China as antiquated and entombed in the past.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210669

 

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dc.contributor.authorGan, WCH-
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-23T05:45:44Z-
dc.date.available2015-06-23T05:45:44Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationWomen: A Cultural Review, 2015, v. 26 n. 1-2, p. 112-128-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210669-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the work of a forgotten novelist, Anne Duffield, whose early novels set in China merit re-examination. Utilizing but also subverting the romance novel formula and alert to the utopian appeal of entertainment, Duffield’s The Lacquer Couch and Lantern-Light create a dream of China that invites intercultural connection, friendship and understanding. As China in the 1920s was rocked by anti-foreigner violence, the vision of these two novels was an appealing and hopeful alternative to the resurgent fears of malevolent fiends reminiscent of an earlier ‘Yellow Peril’ discourse. In addition, Duffield’s China, though romanticized, is also a modern and cosmopolitan one—an important counter to a tendency to imagine China as antiquated and entombed in the past.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherTaylor and Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/09574042.html-
dc.relation.ispartofWomen: A Cultural Review-
dc.titleNew Dreams Of China: The China Novels Of Anne Duffield-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailGan, WCH: wchgan@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityGan, WCH=rp01165-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09574042.2015.1035052-
dc.identifier.hkuros244151-
dc.identifier.volume26-

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