Chapter 3 Themes: Materialities and General Views

In: Images of China in Polish and Serbian Travel Writings (1720-1949)

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Abstract

In the third and final chapter, the results of the research are summarized in order to provide a general overview of different representations of China. Chapter 3 uses material gathered in previous chapters, but here the perspective changes from specific to general. The first part of Chapter 3 concentrates on the most common and significant features and sights, e.g. clothes and appearance, settlements, streets, houses, rickshaws, temples and art, theater and music, language and writing, agriculture, tombs and funerary habits, food and culinary customs, dirt and smells. The second part discusses general views on China as formulated by travelers: encounters between civilizations; history, tradition and modernity; national character; China as a land of turmoil; China as a land of otherness.