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Comic China : Representing Common Ground, 1890-1945 - by Wendy Gan (Hardcover)

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Gan argues that from the turn of the twentieth century through to the interwar period, there has been a critical change in attitude toward China and the Chinese. The treatments of Anglo-American encounters with China in modernism and popular culture are premised on Chinese difference, while she is concerned with consonance. The comic works she considers look for the familiar amid differences, arguing that the chinoiserie point of view is comic in its thrust and a potential means to bridge difference. She considers the ways in which proximity alters representations and looks at the changed geo-political and historical circumstances that affect and ameliorate real-life encounters with China-a good sense of humor can be indispensable. Gan examines the comic negotiations of those who experienced the people and country of China far more intimately and personally. Changing sources of laughter reveal a new sensibility at work that interestingly, includes recurring references to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She argues that amiable humor is a more innocent and benevolent source of amusement, based on incongruity instead of ridicule as the trigger for laughter. Looking back to the 1930s and World War II from the vantage point of the early twenty-first century is a valuable reminder of the mutability of alliances and the corresponding ideological shifts in discourses. Presently, China seems humorless. Gan suggests that it may be best to remember the gentler, more amiable traditions of comic China, the representations of a China that laughs with us. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 173
Genre: Literary Criticism, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
Author: Wendy Gan
Language: English
Street Date: May 25, 2018
TCIN: 53475232
UPC: 9781439916292
Item Number (DPCI): 248-72-4068
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