The persistence of "Cathay" in world literature

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

    5 Citations (Scopus)


    In his article "The Persistence of 'Cathay' in World Literature" Eugene Eoyang argues that China has only recently begun to occupy a place in world literatures as evidenced by the absence of Chinese literature from the early editions of the widely adopted Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces and its token representations in subsequent editions. "Orientalized" images of China still persist partly stemming from the continuing currency of stereotyped images of the Chinese promoted by publishers, by Western Sinologists, and even by expatriate Chinese. A cottage industry has developed which privileges the study of images of China (however distorted and oversimplified) over the often more intractable and less exotic complexities of Chinese literature and Chinese reality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number16
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalCLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


    Dive into the research topics of 'The persistence of "Cathay" in world literature'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this