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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 Chinese Touchstone of the Imagination

The Chinese Touchstone of the Imagination

(p.66) 2 The Chinese Touchstone of the Imagination
A Taste for China

Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

Oxford University Press

Chinoiserie objects including furniture, porcelain, and tea appear in English writing from the Restoration through the early eighteenth century; over this period, they are recategorized from exotic curiosities to culturally privileged markers of English taste. While Restoration comedies exploit china’s hold on the English imagination for laughs, periodicals such as the Spectator and Tatler use things Chinese to identify and regulate the exercise of taste and imagination.

Keywords:   Chinoiserie, Wycherley, Addison, Spectator, Tatler, Taste, Imagination, Consumerism

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