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The Age of Silver: The Rise of the Novel East and West

Ning Ma


This book advances a “horizontal” method of comparative literature and applies this approach to analyze the multiple emergences of early realism and novelistic modernity in Eastern and Western cultural spheres from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Naming this era of economic globalization the “Age of Silver,” this study emphasizes the bullion flow from South America and Japan to China through international commerce, and argues that the resultant transcontinental monetary and commercial coevolutions stimulated analogous socioeconomic shifts and emergent novelistic realism in plac ... More

Keywords: The Plum in the Golden Vase, Don Quixote, Ihara Saikaku, Robinson Crusoe, comparative literature, novelistic modernity, globalization, national imaginaries, world literature, transcultural relations

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190606565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190606565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ning Ma, author
Tufts University

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