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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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AfterwordRethinking Modern Taste

AfterwordRethinking Modern Taste

(p.214) AfterwordRethinking Modern Taste
A Taste for China

Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

Oxford University Press

Briefly considers the legacy of the eighteenth-century “taste for China” in modern theories of taste, particularly Bourdieu’s theory of bourgeois taste. Late eighteenth-century literature’s reorganization of English selfhood according to epistemological distinctions between, on the one hand, subject and object, and, on the other, England and orient, generates the interiority of modern subjectivity. The estrangement the modern self feels from earlier traditions of selfhood generates the uncanny effects of the modern desire for things.

Keywords:   Bourdieu, Taste, Cultural capital, Selfhood, Subject-object relations, Subjectivity, Modernit

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