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


In Images of China in Polish and Serbian Travel Writings (1720-1949), Tomasz Ewertowski examines how Polish and Serbian travelers described China, surveys various factors which influenced their style of writing, and illustrates the social, political and intellectual context that determined their different representations of the Middle Kingdom. The corpus includes a vast array of texts written by more than 80 authors who traveled to China from the 18th to the mid-20th century, including sources that have not been published. Besides making new facts and sources accessible, the research presented in this book introduces a comparative perspective and provides a thorough literary and cultural analysis of the aforesaid travelogues.

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Tomasz Ewertowski, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the Shanghai International Studies University. He graduated from and worked as a researcher at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. He has published on travel writing and Slavic literature.
“(…) Tomasz Ewertowski’s book Images of China in Polish and Serbian Travel Writings is the best way to get to know in detail how we experienced this distant land of our close friends over time.” in Letopis Matice srpske. Vol. 507 (2021), no. 1-2, p. 212-218.

“The circle of potential readers of this book is extremely wide. It should be of interest to scholars of Polish emigration (e.g. the Polish community in Harbin), but also to all those who study travel writing from the perspective of literary studies; finally, it can make an extremely important contribution to the discussion of European representations of the Far East.” in Balcanica Posnaniensia. Acta et studia. Vol. 27 (2020), p. 241-242.
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1 Identities
 1.1 Roles of Travelers
 1.2 General Frameworks

2 Places Visited
 2.1 Northeast China
 2.2 Harbin
 2.3 Mukden
 2.4 Shanghai
 2.5 Hong Kong
 2.6 Macau
 2.7 Beijing
 2.8 The Great Wall of China
 2.9 Kyakhta and Qing-Russian Border
 2.10 Guangzhou
 2.11 Guangdong Province
 2.12 Tianjin
 2.13 Nanjing
 2.14 Suzhou
 2.15 Hangzhou
 2.16 Qingdao
 2.17 Shandong
 2.18 Kalgan and the Sino-Mongolian Border Zone
 2.19 Other Locations
 2.20 Conclusion

3 Themes: Materialities and General Views
 3.1 Materialities
 3.2 General Views
 3.3 Conclusion

Final Remarks—the Chinese Mosaic
Appendix—List of Travel Writers
Scholars, students, and general readers interested in the history of travel writing, comparative literature, Slavic literature, European presence in East Asia in the 18th to mid-20th century, postcolonialism, images of non-European cultures.