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Afterword. Notes on Rereading and Re-enacting “China”

  • Giovanni Tarantino

In Europe, the historical representation and narration of China and the Orient more in general from an outsider’s point of view has conjured up an exotic and a-historical image of a poetical, mystical and refined civilization. In Walpole’s Britain, for example, “the argument from the Chinese”—namely, the admiration for a prosperous and densely populated kingdom which did not belong to a single faith—was frequently used in religious disputes when claiming a wider or more coherent policy of tolerance or seeking to cut down the prerogatives of the clerical hierarchies. This chapter explores further Western uses of "the argument from the Chinese" in modern times and through different media (Antonioni; Yanne; Martin).

  • Keywords:
  • Orientalism,
  • China,
  • Travellers,
  • Antonioni,
  • Jean Yanne,
  • Ballet des Porcelaines,
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Giovanni Tarantino

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-7007-0168

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Chapter Title

Afterword. Notes on Rereading and Re-enacting “China”

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Giovanni Tarantino

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English

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10.36253/978-88-5518-579-0.12

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2022

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Book Title

Rereading Travellers to the East

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Shaping Identities and Building the Nation in Post-unification Italy

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Beatrice Falcucci, Emanuele Giusti, Davide Trentacoste

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2022

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