In this Book

University of Michigan Press
summary
A brief stay in France was, for many Chinese workers and Chinese Communist Party leaders, a vital stepping stone for their careers during the cultural and political push to modernize China after World War I. For the Chinese students who went abroad specifically to study Western art and literature, these trips meant something else entirely. Set against the backdrop of interwar Paris, Paris and the Art of Transposition uncovers previously marginalized archives to reveal the artistic strategies employed by Chinese artists and writers in the early twentieth-century transnational imaginary and to explain why Paris played such a central role in the global reception of modern Chinese literature and art. 

While previous studies of Chinese modernism have focused on how Western modernist aesthetics were adapted or translated to the Chinese context, Angie Chau does the opposite by turning to Paris in the Chinese imaginary and discussing the literary and visual artwork of five artists who moved between France and China: the painter Chang Yu, the poet Li Jinfa, the art critic Fu Lei, the painter Pan Yuliang, and the writer Xu Xu. Chau draws the idea of transposition from music theory where it refers to shifting music from one key or clef to another, or to adapting a song originally composed for one instrument to be played by another. Transposing transposition to the study of art and literature, Chau uses the term to describe a fluid and strategic art practice that depends on the tension between foreign and familiar, new and old, celebrating both novelty and recognition—a process that occurs when a text gets placed into a fresh context.

Table of Contents

Download EPUB Download Full EPUB
  1. Cover in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Cover in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Half Title in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Half Title in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Series Page in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Series Page in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Title Page in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Title Page in Paris and the Art of Transposition
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Copyright Page
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Copyright Page
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Contents
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Contents
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Figures
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Figures
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Timeline of Historical Periods
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Timeline of Historical Periods
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 1. Introduction
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 1. Introduction
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 2. Chang Yu and the Pose
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 2. Chang Yu and the Pose
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 3. Fu Lei the Critic
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 3. Fu Lei the Critic
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 4. Li Jinfa and the Muse
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 4. Li Jinfa and the Muse
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 5. Xu Xu and the Artist’s Studio
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 5. Xu Xu and the Artist’s Studio
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 6. Speculating Pan Yuliang
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Chapter 6. Speculating Pan Yuliang
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Conclusion
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Conclusion
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Notes
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Notes
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Bibliography
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Bibliography
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Index
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Index
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Index
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
  1. Index
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.