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Shanghai and the Edges of Empires

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ISBN-10: 0816644136

ISBN-13: 9780816644131

Edition: 2006

Authors: Meng Yue

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Even before the romanticized golden era of Shanghai in the 1930s, the famed Asian city was remarkable for its uniqueness and East-meets-West cosmopolitanism. Meng Yue analyzes a century-long shift of urbanity from China's heartland to its shore. During the period between the decline of Jiangnan cities such as Suzhou and Yangzhou and Shanghai's early twentieth-century rise, the overlapping cultural edges of a failing Chinese royal order and the encroachment of Western imperialists converged. Simultaneously appropriating and resisting imposing forces, Shanghai opened itself to unruly, subversive practices, becoming a crucible of creativity and modernism. Calling into question conventional…    
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 6/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: The Border of Histories
Cosmic and Semiotic Centers of Knowledge
The Shifting Locations of the Translation of Science
Semiotic Modernity: The Politics of Philology and Compilation
The Carnival and the Radical
Urban Festivity as a Disruptive History
In Search of a Habitable Globe
Interiors Projecting the Globe
Reenvisioning the Urban Interior: Gardens and the Paradox of the Public Sphere
The Rise of an Entertainment Cosmopolitanism
Conclusion: Chinese Cosmopolitanism Repositioned
Notes
Bibliography
Index