Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Britain's Chinese Eye by Elizabeth Chang
Elizabeth Chang
Stanford University Press
2010

This book traces the intimate connections between Britain and China throughout the nineteenth century and argues for China's central impact on the British visual imagination. Chang brings together an unusual group of primary sources to investigate how nineteenth-century Britons looked at and represented Chinese people, places, and things, and how, in the process, ethnographic, geographic, and aesthetic representations of China shaped British writers' and artists' vision of their own lives and experiences.