The Reception of Victor Segalen in China: between Literature and Ideology

Yunfei BAI, Jonathan HALL (Translator)

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The French doctor, archaeologist, novelist, and poet Victor Segalen (1878-1919) was known above all for his works inspired by China and his theory of the “Diverse.” Despite the numerous studies devoted to him in recent years, very few Western researchers have taken any interest in the reception of his work in China. By focusing critically on the latest research by Chinese specialists on the author of Stèles, this review essay will attempt to show that Segalen owes his undeniable success in China not only to the intrinsic worth of his literary output, but also to ideological considerations that combine to make him the “best” representative of learned “Sinophilia.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-63
JournalChina Perspectives
Issue number2016/1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


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