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A Taste for ChinaEnglish Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism$
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Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199950980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950980.001.0001

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The Cosmopolitan Nation, “Where Order in Variety We See”

The Cosmopolitan Nation, “Where Order in Variety We See”

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A Taste for China

Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

Oxford University Press

English literature of the early eighteenth century revised notions of identity based on inherited property and status, emphasizing instead a new kind of Englishness based on participation in global commerce. The Lockean model of subjectivity, which insisted on experience as the foundation of selfhood, laid the foundation for a version of English selfhood capable of internalizing variety and diversity. Things Chinese serve as the measure of the modern English subject’s cosmopolitanism.

Keywords:   Mary Wortley Montagu, John Locke, Cosmopolitanism, National identity, Variety, Diversity, Chinoiserie, Consumerism

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