By Xiaomei Chen
Xiaomei Chen deals an insightful account of the unremittingly favorable depiction of Western tradition and its destructive characterization of chinese language tradition in post-Mao China from 1978-1988. Chen examines the cultural and political interrelations among the East and West from a vantage aspect extra advanced than that accommodated by way of most modern theories of Western imperialism and colonialism. Going past Edward Said's development in Orientalism of cross-cultural appropriations as a defining aspect of Western imperialism, Chen argues that the appropriation of Western discourse--what she calls "Occidentalism"--can have a politically and ideologically freeing impact on modern non-Western tradition. utilizing China as a spotlight of her research, Chen examines a number of cultural media, from Shakesperian drama, to Western modernist poetry, to modern chinese language tv. She hence areas sinology within the common context of Western theoretical discourses, corresponding to Eurocentrism, postcolonialism, nationalism, modernism, feminism, and literary hermeneutics, exhibiting that it has an essential position to play within the examine of Orient and Occident and their now unavoidable symbiotic dating. Occidentalism offers a brand new version of comparative literary and cultural stories that reenvisions cross-cultural appropriation.
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