Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media

Paperback | August 21, 2012

byChristopher Bush

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Ideographic Modernism offers a critical account of the ideograph (Chinese writing as imagined in the West) as a modernist invention. Through analyses of works by Claudel, Pound, Kafka, Benjamin, Segalen, and Valery, among others, Christopher Bush traces the interweaving of Western modernity'sethnographic and technological imaginaries, in which the cultural effects of technological media assumed "Chinese" forms, even as traditional representations of "the Orient" lived on in modernist-era responses to media. The book also makes a methodological argument, demonstrating new ways ofrecovering the generally overlooked presence of China in the text of Western modernism.

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Ideographic Modernism offers a critical account of the ideograph (Chinese writing as imagined in the West) as a modernist invention. Through analyses of works by Claudel, Pound, Kafka, Benjamin, Segalen, and Valery, among others, Christopher Bush traces the interweaving of Western modernity'sethnographic and technological imaginaries, ...

Christopher Bush is Associate Professor of French and Program Director of Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199926603

ISBN - 13:9780199926602

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Preface: Imperial Media/Imperial Messages: Modernism and the Myth of ChinaIntroduction: "no better instrument": The Chinese Written Character as a Medium1. "visible nature": Image, Photography, and the Apparition of China2. "simply the form": Inscription, Phonography, and the Chinese Scene of Writing3. "to imitate the Chinese": Mimesis, Cinema, and Mechanical Reproduction4. "shocks in China": Space, Telegraphy, and the Age of the World PictureWorks CitedIndex