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In Writing Pirates, Yuanfei Wang connects Chinese literary production to emerging discourses of pirates and the sea. In the late Ming dynasty, so-called “Japanese pirates” raided southeast coastal China. Hideyoshi invaded Korea. Europeans sailed for overseas territories, and Chinese maritime merchants and emigrants founded diaspora communities in Southeast Asia. Travel writings, histories, and fiction of the period jointly narrate pirates and China’s Orient in maritime Asia. Wang shows that the late Ming discourses of pirates and the sea were fluid, ambivalent, and dialogical; they simultaneously entailed imperialistic and personal narratives of the “other”: foreigners, renegades, migrants, and marginalized authors. At the center of the discourses, early modern concepts of empire, race, and authenticity were intensively negotiated. Connecting late Ming literature to the global maritime world, Writing Pirates expands current discussions of Chinese diaspora and debates on Sinophone language and identity.
 

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  1. Half Title in Writing Pirates
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  1. Title Page in Writing Pirates
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  1. Introduction
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  1. I. Southeast Asia
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  1. Chapter 1: The Sea and the Sequel
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  1. Chapter 2: Java in Discord
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  1. II. Japan
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  1. Chapter 3: Learning the Barbarian Tongue
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  1. Chapter 4: Turning Pirates
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  1. III. Jiangnan, China
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  1. Chapter 5: Historical Narratives of the Pirate Kings
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  1. Chapter 6: Publishing the Pirate’s Romance
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  1. Conclusion: Stories of the Sea
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  1. Footnotes
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472902484
Related ISBN
9780472132546
MARC Record
OCLC
1245237859
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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