Shanghai and the Edges of Empires by Meng Yue

By Meng Yue

Even earlier than the romanticized golden period of Shanghai within the Nineteen Thirties, the famed Asian urban was once extraordinary for its strong point and East-meets-West cosmopolitanism. Meng Yue analyzes a century-long shift of urbanity from China’s heartland to its shore. throughout the interval among the decline of Jiangnan towns corresponding to Suzhou and Yangzhou and Shanghai’s early twentieth-century upward thrust, the overlapping cultural edges of a failing chinese language royal order and the encroachment of Western imperialists converged. at the same time appropriating and resisting enforcing forces, Shanghai opened itself to unruly, subversive practices, turning into a crucible of creativity and modernism. 

Calling into query traditional methods of conceptualizing modernity, colonialism, and intercultural kinfolk, Meng Yue examines such cultural practices because the paintings of the economic press, highway theater, and literary arts, and indicates that what seem to be minor cultural adjustments usually sign the presence of bigger political and fiscal advancements. enticing theories of modernity and postcolonial and worldwide cultural reports, Meng Yue unearths the paradoxical interdependence among imperial and imperialist histories and the retranslation of tradition that characterised the main amazing results of China’s city relocation—the emergence of the overseas urban of Shanghai. 

Meng Yue is assistant professor of East Asian languages and literature on the college of California, Irvine.

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