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Ideographia : the Chinese cipher in early modern Europe

Author: David Porter
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the first successful Jesuit mission in 1583 until the disastrous failure of the British trade embassy in 1816, China's cultural practices transfixed the attention of Western philosophers, theologians, architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and social critics. The direct influences on European culture were many and profound, ranging from Chinese teahouses in European palace gardens to adaptations of Chinese plays  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Porter
ISBN: 0804732035 9780804732031
OCLC Number: 45620725
Description: xii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Linguistic Legitimacy and the Interpretation of Chinese Writing --
The Formation of an Ideal --
The Legitimacy of Chinese Writing --
A Scholarly Obsession --
A Chinese Babel --
The First Ancestor: Intimations of Chinese Divinity --
From Babel to Babylon: Jesuit Readings of Chinese Religious Doctrine --
The Rites Controversy --
China and the Rise of Libertinism in France --
Chinoiserie and the Aesthetics of Illegitimacy --
Authority --
Nature --
Sexuality --
Commercialist Legitimacy and the China Trade --
The Legitimacy of Commerce --
Chinese Trade Policy --
Obstructionism in Chinese Society --
The Illegitimacy of Chinese Authority.
Responsibility: David Porter.
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"David Porter, in an intelligent and erudite book, examines four episodes of early modern European images of China that shaped European values and self-concepts. . . ." -- Read more...

 
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