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Ideographic ModernismChina, Writing, Media$
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Christopher Bush

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393828

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393828.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

“no better instrument”: The Chinese Written Character as a Medium

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(p.3) Introduction
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Ideographic Modernism
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Christopher Bush (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393828.003.0000

This introduction provides the historical background and critical context for the Western imagination of Chinese writing, specifically the connection between this writing and technological media from the mid-nineteenth century onward. I present an outline history of the relevant ideas about China, writing, and media prior to the nineteenth century, a history that is then refunctionalized by modernism, the subject of the following chapters.

Keywords:   ideograph, hieroglyph, orientalism, media, writing, plato, hegel, Johann David Michaelis, Friedrich Kittler, Jacques Derrida

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