Sherlock Holmes Came to China: Detective Fiction, Cultural Meditations, and Chinese Modernity

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Abstract

One important criterion for deciding whether a text belongs to world literature is its ability to circulate among different regions in various languages. If we apply this standard to early Chinese detective fiction, which appeared in the beginning of the twentieth century and flourished during the Republican China period until 1949, it is probably the case that none of these works can be regarded as world literature, due to the fact that few of them have been translated into other languages; still less have had influence on the production of crime fiction globally. Chinese detective fiction was mainly consumed in China at that time. However, if we examine classics of detective fiction in world literature, Sherlock Holmes stories have a far-reaching influence on the overall Chinese detective fiction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrime fiction as world literature
EditorsLouise NILSSON, David DAMROSCH, Theo D'HAEN
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc
Chapter17
Pages245-256
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781501319358
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameLiteratures as World Literature
PublisherBloomsbury

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WEI, Y. V. (2017). Sherlock Holmes Came to China: Detective Fiction, Cultural Meditations, and Chinese Modernity. In L. NILSSON, D. DAMROSCH, & T. D'HAEN (Eds.), Crime fiction as world literature (pp. 245-256). (Literatures as World Literature). Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501319365.ch-017