Situating China II: Missionaries and Misfits in the British Construction of China
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 2
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The objective of this course is to alert students to the different meanings assigned to ‘China’ and its predecessor ‘Cathay’ within the English language over the course of time.
On completion of the course the student will have acquired a sense of the different phases in this history, from dependence on second-hand information, especially through translation, on to the appearance of first-hand accounts largely through missionary writings and then to the age of journalism and the representation of China in English-language fiction.
The student will further acquire some familiarity with the main issues that emerge from time to time in these writings, e.g. ‘inscrutability’, etc., and with the necessary historical framework for discussing these issues.
Method of assessment1 essay (3,000 words) (50%), 1 take-home examination (50%).
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- Porter D (2001) Ideographia Stanford University Press.
- Reinders E (2004) Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies Berkeley, University of California Press.