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Shu-mei Shih's study is the first book in English to offer a comprehensive account of Chinese literary modernism from Republican China. In The Lure of the Modern, Shih argues for the contextualization of Chinese modernism in the semicolonial cultural and political formation of the time. Engaging critically with theories of modernism, postcoloniality, and global and local cultural studies, Shih analyzes pivotal issues - such as psychoanalysis, decadence, Orientalism, Occidentalism, semicolonial subjectivity, cosmopolitanism, and urbanism - that were mediated by Japanese as well as Western modernisms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520220645
ISBN-10: 0520220641
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Shu-mei Shih

Shu-mei Shih is Associate Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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