Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics of Diversity: Journeys Between Cultures

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With the appearance of Victor Segalen's Complete Works in 1995, the dramatic scope and wide-ranging implications of his reflections on exoticism were at last fully apparent. This study asserts the originality of Segalen's notion of exoticism while offering the first comprehensive study of the genesis of his aesthetics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198160144
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Forsdick is Lecturer in French, University of Glasgow

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics of Diversity 1
Death of an Exote: The Mythologization of Victor Segalen 2
Representations of Victor Segalen 9
Critical Reception: Uses and Abuses 14
1 Defining the Exotic: Exoticism as an Approach to Radical Diversity 23
1.1 New Perspectives on Exoticism 23
1.2 Exoticism as an Aesthetics of Diversity 26
1.3 The Field of the Exotic 29
1.4 Representation and Relation: Towards a Definition of Exoticism 33
1.5 Segalen and the Exoticism Tradition 40
1.6 Twentieth-Century Exoticism: Threats and Responses 47
2 Exoticism and Empire: Colonial Literature and Post-Colonial Critique 58
2.1 Segalen and Empire 58
2.2 In the Shadow of Empire: Victor Segalen as le Kipling francais 62
2.3 In the Wake of Empire: Segalen and Post-Colonial Criticism 81
2.4 Post-Colonial Segalen: New Direction in the Work of Glissant and Khatibi 90
3 Polynesia and Difference 102
3.1 Writing Differently: Segalen and la Nouvelle Cythere 103
3.2 Writing Difference 112
3.3 Orality and Literacy 122
3.4 The Limits of Writing Difference 132
4 China and Alterity 140
4.1 Segalen and China 143
4.2 Le Fils du Ciel, or the Chinese Empire Writes Back? 150
4.3 Rene Leys, or the Impossibility of Writing the Exotic 163
5 Towards a New Practice of Exoticism 182
5.1 Entropy and the Decline of the Exotic 184
5.2 Tourism and Travel, Tourist and Traveller 193
5.3 Mapping the Exotic: Segalen and Cartography 201
5.4 W(h)ither Exoticism? Autoscopy, Brittany and the Otherness of Self 211
Conclusion 224
Select Bibliography 228
Index 237
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