Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media

Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media by Christopher Bush

Title: Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media
Author: Christopher Bush
ISBN10: 0199926603
ISBN13: 978-0199926602
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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Pages: 204 pages
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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's ethnographic 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 of recovering the generally overlooked presence of China in the text of Western modernism.