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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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How Chinese Things Became Oriental

How Chinese Things Became Oriental

(p.147) 5 How Chinese Things Became Oriental
A Taste for China

Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

Oxford University Press

In the mid-eighteenth century, a series of literary debates over English aesthetics disrupts the intimate relationship between English identity and Chinese things established by earlier literature. The “Chinese taste,” once a measure of Englishness, is increasingly posited as antithetical to Englishness. The English enthrallment with chinoiserie does not disappear, but is rewritten as an aristocratic perversion in texts that prefigure modern sexuality.

Keywords:   Samuel Johnson, Jonas Hanway, Tea, Anglo-Chinese garden, William Chambers, Horace Walpole, William Mason, Oroonoko, Orientalism, sexuality

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