Double Exposure

Michael Gibbs Hill

in Lin Shu, Inc.

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892884
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980062 | DOI:

Series: Global Asias

Double Exposure

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How do scholars historicize bodies of literary writing? This chapter uses Lin Shu and Wei Yi’s versions of Charles Dickens to reconsider late-Qing “exposure fiction” (qianze xiaoshuo) and the novel as a transnational mode for critique and promotion of social reform. In works such as A History of Thieves (Zei shi, 1908), a rendition of Oliver Twist, Lin Shu reworked Dickens’s rhetoric of reform both to correct the excesses of popular exposure fiction and to draw parallels between the social dislocation resulting from industrial modernization in nineteenth-century England and contemporary China. Ultimately, these works represent a lost link in understanding how the full-length novel came to be presented in China as a self-consciously international form that could grasp the global reach of capital and attendant social change.

Keywords: translation; Dickens, Charles; Oliver Twist; The Old Curiosity Shop; realism; social novel

Chapter.  12805 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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