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The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England


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Introduction. Monstrous beauty; Part I. China and the Aesthetics of Exoticism: 1. Eighteenth-century fashion and the aesthetics of the Chinese taste; 2. Cross-cultural aesthetics in William Chambers' Chinese Garden; Part II. What Do Women Want?: 3. Gendered Utopias in transcultural context; 4. William Hogarth and the gendering of Chinese exoticism; Part III. Of Rocks, Gardens, and Goldfish: 5. The socio-aesthetics of the Scholar's Stone; 6. Horace Walpole and the Gothic repudiation of Chinoiserie; Part IV. China and the Invention of Englishness: 7. Chinaware and the evolution of a modern domestic ideal; 8. Thomas Percy's Sinology and the origins of English Romanticism; Bibliography; Index.

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A major study of eighteenth-century cultural history and the history of contact and exchange between China and the West.

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David Porter is Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.


'A major contribution to the cultural history of exchange between China and the West.' The Times Literary Supplement
'Historians of eighteenth-century English material culture and its influences have been well served by this erudite and fascinating take on a topic we thought we knew well.' Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society

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