The Chinese Other, 1850-1925: An Anthology of Plays

by Dave Williams

University Press of America | June 19, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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This book is a collection designed to gather together, for the first time, a conceptually wide and historically deep array of primary texts which demonstrate Euroamerican attitudes toward the Chinese. Among the many cultural artifacts generated by this encounter were plays written by Euroamericans which contained one or more representations of the Chinese. It would be reductive to say that such portrayals show merely the racism of a dominant culture toward a distinctive and different minority. Racism is of course present, sometimes of the coarsest and crudest sort; but other themes appear in the many dramatic portrayals of the Chinese as well, such as toleration, exoticism, and even idealization. The book is intended for scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students in the field of theatre, cultural studies, nineteenth-century studies, and Asian-American studies.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 452 pages, 8.52 × 5.3 × 0.93 in

Published: June 19, 1997

Publisher: University Press of America

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0761807578

ISBN - 13: 9780761807575

Found in: American, American, Social and Cultural Studies

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The Chinese Other, 1850-1925: An Anthology of Plays

by Dave Williams

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 452 pages, 8.52 × 5.3 × 0.93 in

Published: June 19, 1997

Publisher: University Press of America

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0761807578

ISBN - 13: 9780761807575

From the Publisher

This book is a collection designed to gather together, for the first time, a conceptually wide and historically deep array of primary texts which demonstrate Euroamerican attitudes toward the Chinese. Among the many cultural artifacts generated by this encounter were plays written by Euroamericans which contained one or more representations of the Chinese. It would be reductive to say that such portrayals show merely the racism of a dominant culture toward a distinctive and different minority. Racism is of course present, sometimes of the coarsest and crudest sort; but other themes appear in the many dramatic portrayals of the Chinese as well, such as toleration, exoticism, and even idealization. The book is intended for scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students in the field of theatre, cultural studies, nineteenth-century studies, and Asian-American studies.

About the Author

Dave Williams is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Providence University in Ithaca, New York.

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Dave Williams has rescued fromobscurity several plays that testify to the numerous legal, institutional, and social efforts to control Chinese access to the literal and imagined borders of the United States during thelater nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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