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Title: The ‘Phantasmatic’ Chinatown in Helen Hunt Jackson’s ‘The Chinese Empire’ and Mark Twain’s Roughing It
Authors: 許立欣
Hsu, Li-Hsin
Contributors: 英文系
Keywords: Californian Chinatowns;Helen Hunt Jackson;Mark Twain;Virtuality;Orientalist Disc
Date: 2021
Issue Date: 2021-10-20 11:21:33 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This chapter explores Chinatown as an ephemeral site of visual indetermi-nacy in the 1870s by looking at a number of Californian Chinatown accounts in Helen Hunt Jackson’s “The Chinese Empire” (1878) and Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872). Late-nineteenth-century Chinatown as an exhibitory locus of authentic Chinese-ness for Western tourists is paradoxically char-acterized by its mutability rather than realism. By examining the accounts of Jackson and Twain about the Chinese in the 1870s, the decade before the passing of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the paper rethinks the “virtual” existence of Chinatown, its contested nature as a “phantasmatic site” for Western projections and visual consumption, which manifests the potential realization of national transformation in the mythic Orient of th
Relation: Ephemeral Spectacles, Exhibition Spaces and Museums, Amsterdam University Press
Data Type: book/chapter
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