In my research I analyse the representation of Europe and European people as well as the figure of the observer, namely subjects presenting themselves as individuals with personal characteristics and distinctive features of a culture and a country. For this purpose, I focus on the travelogues of Wang Tao 王韬 (1828-1897) and Chen Jitong 陈季同 (1851-1907) along with a selection of fictional literary works of the same period.
- Chinese travel literature – youji wenxue 游记文学
- Chinese travellers in Europe in late imperial China
- Chinese literature
- Literary and linguistic representations of otherness
- Processes of defining Chinese identity
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