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Pleasures and pains : opium and the Orient in nineteenth-century British culture

Author: Barry Milligan
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1995.
Series: Victorian literature and culture series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Throughout the nineteenth century, while Britons were taking their culture to the East, they were also bringing back exotic commodities and ideas, inviting the Orient to enter English terrain, bodies, and consciousness. This mixing is both mediated and mirrored by opium, an Oriental commodity that enters and alters the English body and mindset, thus confusing the direction of Anglo-Oriental power dynamics.  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Milligan
ISBN: 0813915716 9780813915715
OCLC Number: 31331694
Description: xii, 156 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Opium, the Orient, imperialism, and national identity --
Pernicious beverages : Coleridge, opium, and oriental contamination --
'The causes of my horror lie deep' : De Quincey, opium, and the excavated oriental origins of British identity --
'Accepting a matter of opium as a matter of fact' : the moonstone, opium, and hybrid Anglo-Indian culture --
'The plague spreading and attacking our vitals' : The victorian opium den and oriental contagion --
'It begins with the Chinese, but does not end with them' : opium smoking and the orientalized domestic scene in England.
Series Title: Victorian literature and culture series.
Responsibility: Barry Milligan.

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The mixing of Eastern and Western culture in 19th-century England is both mirrored and mediated by opium. This mixing occasioned both anxiety and enjoyment in the literature of the day, and so this  Read more...

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