France/China
Intercultural Imaginings

Alex Hughes

Research Monographs in French Studies 22

Legenda

24 August 2007  •  116pp

ISBN: 978-1-904350-93-4 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-315093-97-0 (Taylor & Francis ebook)

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China has long been an object of fascination for the French, who celebrated their année de la Chine in 2004. Symptomatic of that fascination are the movements into China made by groups as diverse as the Jesuits, who arrived in L'Empire du Milieu in the late seventeenth century, and the Tel Quel intellectuals, whose will to political pilgrimage took them to the People's Republic in 1974. Symptomatic, too, are the narrative and visual representations of China offered by such as Pierre Loti, Victor Segalen, Paul Claudel, Michel Leiris, Simone de Beauvoir, André Malraux, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Marc Riboud.

In this penetrating study, Alex Hughes explores models of intercultural encounter between France and China elaborated in the modern French cultural arena. Locating forms of bodily experience as critical to that encounter, she reflects on its forms and foundations.

Alex Hughes is Professor of Twentieth-Century French Literature and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Quality and Students of the University of Birmingham. Her research lies in interdisciplinary, cross-cultural studies, and her books include Heterographies, which was awarded the R. H. Gapper Prize by the Society for French Studies in 2001.

Reviews:

  • ‘The author's scholarly and intriguing readings could be seen to invite us to look beyond the French framings of China to the texts of writers who know the country intimately.’ — Rosalind Silvester, Modern and Contemporary France 497-98

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Hughes, Alex, France/China: Intercultural Imaginings, Research Monographs in French Studies, 22 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2007)

First footnote reference: 35 Alex Hughes, France/China: Intercultural Imaginings, Research Monographs in French Studies, 22 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2007), p. 21.

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Hughes, Alex. 2007. France/China: Intercultural Imaginings, Research Monographs in French Studies, 22 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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