Contacts and Transgressions

Douglas Kerr

in Eastern Figures

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099340
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206892 | DOI:
Contacts and Transgressions

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This chapter discusses and considers some cases of the transformations that resulted from the contact between Eastern places and Western people. It looks at the theme of transgression in the Orient, in the figure of stepping across from one world to another. These seem to be cases of voluntary or involuntary surrender, to possession by the spirit of a foreign place. The chapter also shows that the tropes of contact seem often to involve a modal contention between realism and romance, and their respective regimes of representation.

Keywords: transformations; contact; Eastern places; Western people; transgression; surrender; realism; romance; representation

Chapter.  21063 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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