Detecting Chinese Modernities : Rupture and Continuity in Modern Chinese Detective Fiction (1896–1949)

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Abstract

In Detecting Chinese Modernities: Rupture and Continuity in Modern Chinese Detective Fiction (1896–1949), Yan Wei historicizes the two stages in the development of Chinese detective fiction and discusses the rupture and continuity in the cultural transactions, mediation, and appropriation that occurred when the genre of detective fiction traveled to China during the first half of the twentieth century. Wei identifies two divergent, or even opposite strategies for appropriating Western detective fiction during the late Qing and the Republican periods. She further argues that these two periods in the domestication of detective fiction were also connected by shared emotions. Both periods expressed ambivalent and sometimes contradictory views regarding Chinese tradition and Western modernity.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrill
ISBN (Electronic)9789004431287
ISBN (Print)9789004431270
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020

Publication series

NameSinica Leidensia
Volume150
ISSN (Electronic)0169-9563

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