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By Shu-mei Shih

Shu-mei Shih's examine is the 1st ebook in English to supply a entire account of chinese language literary modernism from Republican China. within the entice of the fashionable, Shih argues for the contextualization of chinese language modernism within the semicolonial cultural and political formation of the time. enticing seriously with theories of modernism, postcoloniality, and worldwide and native cultural experiences, Shih analyzes pivotal issues-such as psychoanalysis, decadence, Orientalism, Occidentalism, semicolonial subjectivity, cosmopolitanism, and urbanism-that have been mediated by way of eastern in addition to Western modernisms.

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106. 52. Tanaka, Japan’s Orient, 26. 53. Fogel, The Cultural Dimension of Sino-Japanese Relations, 118–121. 54. Douglas R. Reynolds, “Training Young China Hands: Toa Dobun Shoin and Its Precursors, 1886–1945,” in The Japanese Informal Empire in China, 1895–1937, ed. Peter Duus, Ramon Myers, and Mark R. Peattie (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), 210–271. TERMS OF CHINESE MODERNISM 21 within East Asia, more specifically between Japan and China, as summed up in the phrase “dobun-doshu” (“common culture, common race”).

Just as the West was bifurcated into the metropolitan and the colonial, there was a similar differentiation made between the culture from metropolitan Japan on the one hand, and Japan’s imperialist culture in China on the other. Zhou Zuoren, the famous Beijing School essayist and literary theorist, for instance, wrote numerous articles about the necessity of bifurcating Japanese culture. Throughout his essays of the 1910s and 1920s, he noted the important contributions Japanese culture had made and argued against interpreting Japanese culture as solely militaristic.

101. The term “linguistic integrity” is Rey Chow’s; see her Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995), 61–62. TERMS OF CHINESE MODERNISM 35 China. 102 This definition of semicolonialism has multiple implications. First, as a condition of asymmetrical relationship between the foreign powers and China, semicolonialism implies that the powers did not assume “outright domination and formal sovereignty” over China,103 and that domination was exercised through less formal, although no less destructive or transformative, channels.

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