Christopher Bush

in Ideographic Modernism

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195393828
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866601 | DOI:

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This introduction provides the historical background and critical context for the Western imagination of Chinese writing, specifically the connection between this writing and technological media from the mid-nineteenth century onward. I present an outline history of the relevant ideas about China, writing, and media prior to the nineteenth century, a history that is then refunctionalized by modernism, the subject of the following chapters.

Keywords: ideograph; hieroglyph; Orientalism; media; writing; Plato; Hegel; Johann David Michaelis; Friedrich Kittler; Jacques Derrida

Chapter.  10815 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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