Looking Backward?

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

Looking Backward?

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Through the American writer Washington Irving (1783–1859), Lin Shu conjured a kindred soul. The role of Irving is at least if not more important than Dickens for understanding the course of Lin Shu’s cultural project. Lin’s imagined communion with Irving in versions of works like The Sketch Book yielded new depth in his views on translation, language, and cultural identity and serves as a signpost in his move toward a traditionalist cultural politics that reached maturity in the decade following the 1911 overthrow of the Qing state. The nostalgia and antiquarianism that suffused Irving’s works spoke directly to Lin’s concerns about the fate of long-held but fading cultural values during China’s political and economic crisis at the turn of the twentieth century.

Keywords: translation; nostalgia; conservatism; Irving, Washington; The Sketch Book

Chapter.  13113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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