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Mapping Modernity in Shanghai

Space, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Sojourners' City, 1853-98
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Mapping Modernity in Shanghai by Samuel Y. Liang
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This book argues that modernity first arrived in late nineteenth-century Shanghai via a new spatial configuration. This city's colonial capitalist development ruptured the traditional configuration of self-contained households, towns, and natural landscapes in a continuous spread, producing a new set of fragmented as well as fluid spaces. In this process, Chinese sojourners actively appropriated new concepts and technology rather than passively responding to Western influences. Liang maps the spatial and material existence of these transient people and reconstructs a cultural geography that spreads from the interior to the neighbourhood and public spaces. In this book the author: discusses the courtesan house as a surrogate home and analyzes its business, gender, and material configurations; examines a new type of residential neighbourhood and shows how its innovative spatial arrangements transformed the traditional social order and hierarchy; surveys a range of public spaces and highlights the mythic perceptions of industrial marvels, the adaptations of colonial spatial types, the emergence of an urban public, and the spatial fluidity between elites and masses. Through reading contemporaneous literary and visual sources, the book charts a hybrid modern development that stands in contrast to the positivist conception of modern progress. As such it will be a provocative read for scholars of Chinese cultural and architectural history.

Author Biography

Samuel Y. Liang is Lecturer in Chinese Cultural Studies and the Director of MA Contemporary China at the University of Manchester, UK.
Release date NZ
June 2nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
41 Line drawings, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
230
Dimensions
156x234x14
ISBN-13
9780415569132
Product ID
6280996

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