Visualising China, 1845-1965

Life/Still images in Historical Narratives

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How does China project its image in the world? Why and how has the world come to form certain impressions of the Chinese and their way of life? These are issues that preoccupy Chinese citizens in the globalizing 21st century as they travel overseas, riding on the capacity of the country’s newly acquired economic power. In Visualizing China, the authors join forces to launch a broader inquiry aimed at a synergistic understanding of the larger story of visuality in modern China. The essays cluster around several nodal points including photographs, advertising, posters and movies, spanning from the 1840s to the 1960s, and devote special attention to modern Chinese practices in the visualization of things Chinese.

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Biographical Note

Christian Henriot, Ph.D. (1983) is Professor of Chinese history at University of Lyon and currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France. He is the author and editor of several books, including Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai, 1849-1949 (Cambridge UP, 2001) and In the Shadow of the Rising Sun (Cambridge UP, 2004). His latest project is an online research and resource platform on Shanghai history (http://virtualshanghai.net).
Wen-hsin Yeh, Ph.D. (1984) is Richard H. & Laurie C. Morrison Chair Professor in History and Walter & Elise Haas Chair Professor in Asian Studies & Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Shanghai Splendor (University of California Press, 2007), and over a dozen other books and edited volumes. Her current project is an intellectual history of modern China that takes into account issues of space, gender, ethnicity.

Table of contents

Introduction. China Visualised: What Stories do Pictures Tell? - Christian Henriot and Wen-Hsin Yeh
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PART I THE CHINA PHOTOGRAPHS: THREE READINGS:
The Lives and Deaths of Photographs in Early Treaty Port China - Robert Bickers
Obscene Vignettes of Truth. Construing Photographs of Chinese Executions as Historical Documents - Jérôme Bourgon
Street Culture, Visual Fragments and Everyday Life: Narrating Peddlers in Shanghai Modern - Christian Henriot

PART II THE VISIBILITy OF CHINESE WOMEN AND HOME:
Portraits of Republican Ladies: Materiality and Representation in Early Twentieth Century Chinese Photographs - Joan Judge
Images of Houses, Houses of Images: Some Preliminary Thoughts on a Socio-Cultural History of Urban Dwellings in Pre-1940s Canton - Virgil K.Y. Ho
PART III ADVERTISING AND PROPAGANDA: THE VISUAL IN PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS:
From Viewing to Reading: The Evolution of Visual Advertising in Late Imperial China - Jen-Shu Wu and Ling-Ling Lien
Imagined Communities Divided: Reading Visual Regimes in Shanghai’s Newspaper Advertising (1860s–1910s) - Barbara Mittler
Contextualising (Propaganda) Posters - Stefan Landsberger
The Dialectics of Mao’s Images: Monumentalism, Circulation and Power Effects - Pang Laikwan

PART IV MOVING PICTURES:
Single Women and the Men in their Lives: Zhang Ailing and Post-War Visual Images of the Big Metropolis - Paul Pickowicz and Yap Soo Ei
An Ordinary Shanghai Woman in an Extraordinary Time: A View from Post-War Popular Cinema - Fu Poshek

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academic libraries, research institutes, historians, visual studies specialists, China specialists, post-graduate students, undergraduate students,

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