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

(p.3) Introduction
Ideographic Modernism

Christopher Bush (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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