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Occidentalism [electronic resource] : a theory of counter-discourse in post-Mao China /
Xiaomei Chen.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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viii, 239 p.
ISBN
0195085795 (Cloth)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
isbn
0195085795 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
catalogue key
7372207
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-232) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1996-03:
Orientalism and Occidentalism refer to cross-cultural appropriation. Unlike Orientalism, which views cross-cultural appropriation as a form of Western imperialism, Occidentalism argues that appropriation of Western discourse can have a liberating effect on non-Western cultures. Focusing on post-Mao China, Chen examines a variety of cultural media from Shakespeare to Chinese literature and television, and defines three categories of Occidentalism that are used to attain different ends. Official Occidentalism is used by the government to foster nationalism and as a means of control. Anti-official Occidentalism is an instrument of the intelligentsia, who are anti-Communist Party and antigovernment. A mix of official and anti-official Occidentalism is employed by "establishment intellectuals" to help legitimize the political agenda of official Occidentalism. Common in Occidentalism is a very favorable view of Western culture and a harsh characterization of almost everything Chinese. For a country that is in a state of flux, Occidentalism in the post-Mao period parallels the May Fourth Era for its lack of discrimination. Chen offers a new theoretical framework on cultural studies. Extensive notations and a Chinese glossary enhance the book's usefulness for all levels. H. T. Wong; Eastern Washington University
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Review Quotes
"An ambitious, revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism....Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."--Kirkus Reviews
"An ambitious, revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept ofOrientalism....Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, andintellectually challenging."--Kirkus Reviews
"An ambitious, revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism....Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."-- Kirkus Reviews "This is a very thought-provoking work. Chen draws upon a wide range of interesting Chinese material in a way that few non-Chinese scholars could hope to match, and provides interesting readings of this material with the commitment and sensibilities of the insider."--Arif Dirlik, University of Victoria " Occidentalism is a stunning and innovative book that will have a profound impact on the fields of Chinese studies and modern Chinese literature and society. Not only is it well researched, well written, and lively, it is bold, even daring, in its analytic thrust. Professor Chen has made a most welcome contribution to our understanding of contemporary Chinese culture, but more importantly, she has made a valuable contribution to the theoretical literature on cultural studies. Her critique of Edward Said is devastating and right on target."--Paul Pickowicz, University of California, San Diego " Occidentalism is a much needed book that speaks for and as a non-Western Other, and will help us deal with the complexity of cross-cultural understanding in a way more challenging and less simplified than the discourse of Orientalism has made possible."--Zhang Longxi, University of California, Riverside "Chen offers a new theoretical framework on cultural studies. Extensive notations and a Chinese glossary enhance the book's usefulness for all levels."-- Choice
"An ambitious, revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism....Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."--Kirkus Reviews "This is a very thought-provoking work. Chen draws upon a wide range of interesting Chinese material in a way that few non-Chinese scholars could hope to match, and provides interesting readings of this material with the commitment and sensibilities of the insider."--Arif Dirlik, University of Victoria "Occidentalismis a stunning and innovative book that will have a profound impact on the fields of Chinese studies and modern Chinese literature and society. Not only is it well researched, well written, and lively, it is bold, even daring, in its analytic thrust. Professor Chen has made a most welcome contribution to our understanding of contemporary Chinese culture, but more importantly, she has made a valuable contribution to the theoretical literature on cultural studies. Her critique of Edward Said is devastating and right on target."--Paul Pickowicz,University of California, SanDiego "Occidentalismis a much needed book that speaks for and as a non-Western Other, and will help us deal with the complexity of cross-cultural understanding in a way more challenging and less simplified than the discourse of Orientalism has made possible."--Zhang Longxi,University of California,Riverside "Chen offers a new theoretical framework on cultural studies. Extensive notations and a Chinese glossary enhance the book's usefulness for all levels."--Choice
"Chen offers a new theoretical framework on cultural studies. Extensive notations and a Chinese glossary enhance the book's usefulness for all levels."--Choice
"Chen offers a new theoretical framework on cultural studies. Extensivenotations and a Chinese glossary enhance the book's usefulness for alllevels."--Choice
"... Chen's analysis of the way in which Occidentalism is constructed and the roles it plays within the Chinese political arena brings out the highly complex nature of cultural relations."--Research in Africal Literatures
"... Chen's analysis of the way in which Occidentalism is constructed andthe roles it plays within the Chinese political arena brings out the highlycomplex nature of cultural relations."--Research in Africal Literatures
"Lucidly argued, convincing, and elegantly written, Chen's study is a major contribution to East-West studies, comparative literature, and cultural hermeneutics."--The Comparatist
"Lucidly argued, convincing, and elegantly written, Chen's study is amajor contribution to East-West studies, comparative literature, and culturalhermeneutics."--The Comparatist
"Occidentalism is a much needed book that speaks for and as a non-Western Other, and will help us deal with the complexity of cross-cultural understanding in a way more challenging and less simplified than the discourse of Orientalism has made possible."--Zhang Longxi, University ofCalifornia, Riverside
"Occidentalism is a much needed book that speaks for and as a non-WesternOther, and will help us deal with the complexity of cross-cultural understandingin a way more challenging and less simplified than the discourse of Orientalismhas made possible."--Zhang Longxi, University of California, Riverside
"Occidentalism is a stunning and innovative book that will have a profound impact on the fields of Chinese studies and modern Chinese literature and society. Not only is it well researched, well written, and lively, it is bold, even daring, in its analytic thrust. Professor Chen has made amost welcome contribution to our understanding of contemporary Chinese culture, but more importantly, she has made a valuable contribution to the theoretical literature on cultural studies. Her critique of Edward Said is devastating and right on target."--Paul Pickowicz, University of California,San Diego
"Occidentalism is a stunning and innovative book that will have a profoundimpact on the fields of Chinese studies and modern Chinese literature andsociety. Not only is it well researched, well written, and lively, it is bold,even daring, in its analytic thrust. Professor Chen has made a most welcomecontribution to our understanding of contemporary Chinese culture, but moreimportantly, she has made a valuable contribution to the theoretical literatureon cultural studies. Her critique of Edward Said is devastating and right ontarget."--Paul Pickowicz, University of California, San Diego
"Occidentalism is required reading for anyone who likes talking about literature as a phenomenon that exists and can be recognized in many countries and cultures, that has a certain cultural value, and that can be enjoyed and discussed on a different level than politics."--China ReviewInternational
"Occidentalism is required reading for anyone who likes talking aboutliterature as a phenomenon that exists and can be recognized in many countriesand cultures, that has a certain cultural value, and that can be enjoyed anddiscussed on a different level than politics."--China ReviewInternational
"This is a very thought-provoking work. Chen draws upon a wide range of interesting Chinese material in a way that few non-Chinese scholars could hope to match, and provides interesting readings of this material with the commitment and sensibilities of the insider."--Arif Dirlik, University ofVictoria
"This is a very thought-provoking work. Chen draws upon a wide range ofinteresting Chinese material in a way that few non-Chinese scholars could hopeto match, and provides interesting readings of this material with the commitmentand sensibilities of the insider."--Arif Dirlik, University of Victoria
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Summaries
Long Description
Xiaomei Chen offers an insightful account of the unremittingly favorable depiction of Western culture and its negative characterization of Chinese culture in post-Mao China from 1978-1988. Chen examines the cultural and political interrelations between the East and West from a vantage point more complex than that accommodated by most current theories of Western imperialism and colonialism. Going beyond Edward Said's construction in Orientalism of cross-cultural appropriations as a defining facet of Western imperialism, Chen argues that the appropriation of Western discourse--what she calls "Occidentalism"--can have a politically and ideologically liberating effect on contemporary non-Western culture. Using China as a focus of her analysis, Chen examines a variety of cultural media, from Shakesperian drama, to Western modernist poetry, to contemporary Chinese television. She thus places sinology in the general context of Western theoretical discourses, such as Eurocentrism, postcolonialism, nationalism, modernism, feminism, and literary hermeneutics, showing that it has a vital role to play in the study of Orient and Occident and their now unavoidable symbiotic relationship. Occidentalism presents a new model of comparative literary and cultural studies that reenvisions cross-cultural appropriation.
Long Description
Xiaomei Chen offers an insightful account of the unremittingly favourable depiction of Western culture and its negative characterization of Chinese culture in post-Mao China from 1978-1988. Chen examines the cultural and political interrelations between the East and West from a vantage point more complex than that accommodated by most current theories of Western imperialism and colonialism. Going beyond Edward Said's construction in Orientalism of cross-cultural appropriations as a defining facet of Western imperialism, Chen argues that the appropriation of Western discourse--what she calls "Occidentalism"--can have a politically and ideologically liberating effect on contemporary non-Western culture. Using China as a focus of her analysis, Chen examines a variety of cultural media, from Shakespearean drama, to Western modernist poetry, to contemporary Chinese television. She thus places sinology in the general context of Western theoretical discourses, such as Eurocentrism, postcolonialism, nationalism, modernism, feminism, and literary hermeneutics, showing that it has a vital role to play in the study of Orient and Occident and their now unavoidable symbiotic relationship. Occidentalism presents a new model of comparative literary and cultural studies that re-envisions cross-cultural appropriation.
Main Description
Xiaomei Chen offers an insightful account of the unremittingly favorable depiction of Western culture and its negative characterization of Chinese culture in post-Mao China from 1978-1988. Chen examines the cultural and political interrelations between the East and West from a vantage pointmore complex than that accommodated by most current theories of Western imperialism and colonialism. Going beyond Edward Said's construction in Orientalism of cross-cultural appropriations as a defining facet of Western imperialism, Chen argues that the appropriation of Western discourse--what shecalls "Occidentalism"--can have a politically and ideologically liberating effect on contemporary non-Western culture. Using China as a focus of her analysis, Chen examines a variety of cultural media, from Shakesperian drama, to Western modernist poetry, to contemporary Chinese television. She thusplaces sinology in the general context of Western theoretical discourses, such as Eurocentrism, postcolonialism, nationalism, modernism, feminism, and literary hermeneutics, showing that it has a vital role to play in the study of Orient and Occident and their now unavoidable symbiotic relationship.Occidentalism presents a new model of comparative literary and cultural studies that reenvisions cross-cultural appropriation.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Occidentalism as a Counter-Discourse: He shang Controversyp. 27
Occidentalist Theater: Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Brecht as Counter Othersp. 49
"Misunderstanding" Western Modernism: The Menglong Movementp. 69
A Wildman Between the Orient and the Occident: Retro-Influence in Comparative Literary Studiesp. 99
Wilder, Mei Lanfang, and Huang Zuolin: A "Suggestive Theater" Revisitedp. 119
Fathers and Daughters in Early Modern Chinese Drama: On the Problematics of Occidentalism in Cross-Cultural/Gender Perspectivep. 137
Postscriptp. 157
Notesp. 169
Glossaryp. 203
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 233
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