, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 313–325 | Cite as

Appropriation of the “Other”

Contrasting Notions of China in British Literature
  • Ersu Ding


This paper uses Oliver Goldsmith's The Citizen of the Worldand W. Somerset Maugham's On a Chinese Screenas two examples to illustrate how and why different notions of China have been appropriated. The discussion builds upon and seeks to expand a long tradition of Chinese interest in their presentations in Western literature by linking the two texts to their respective epochal ethos.</o:p>


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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ersu Ding
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  1. 1.Department of English, Lingnan University

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