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Children’s Literature and Transnational Knowledge in Modern China

Education, Religion, and Childhood

Authors: Chen, Shih-Wen Sue

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  • Highlights the role Protestant missionaries played in the transnational diffusion of knowledge and examines the connections between missionaries and international readerships
  • Traces the development of print culture for children in China during a period of dramatic transition from the dynastic Qing empire to the Republic of China
  • Explores how Chinese texts for children reflect the changing concept of childhood
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This book examines the development of Chinese children’s literature from the late Qing to early Republican era. It highlights the transnational flows of knowledge, texts, and cultures during a time when children’s literature in China and the West was developing rapidly. Drawing from a rich archive of periodicals, novels, tracts, primers, and textbooks, the author analyzes how Chinese children’s literature published by Protestant missionaries and Chinese educators in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries presented varying notions of childhood. In this period of dramatic transition from the dynastic Qing empire to the new Republican China, young readers were offered different models of childhood, some of which challenged dominant Confucian ideas of what it meant to be a child. This volume sheds new light on a little-explored aspect of Chinese literary history. Through its contributions to the fields of children’s literature, book history, missionary history, and translation studies, it enhances our understanding of the negotiations between Chinese and Western cultures that shaped the publication and reception of Chinese texts for children. 


About the authors

Shih-Wen Sue Chen is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Australia. She received her PhD in Literature, Screen and Theatre studies from the Australian National University. She is the author of Representations of China in British Children’s Fiction, 1851-1911 (2013) and has many essays published in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections.

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“Sue Chen shows us through her extensive research the wide range of influences and issues that went into the making of a modern literature for children in China.”(Tim Barrett, Professor Emeritus of East Asian History, SOAS, University of London, UK)

“Chen’s illuminating study excavates the transnational influences which shaped children’s literature in modern China. The book’s deft analysis of texts produced between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shows how missionaries, translators and Chinese writers promoted powerful ideas about China and its future.” (Clare Bradford, FAHA, Emeritus Professor, Deakin University, Australia)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Protestant Missionaries, Chinese Intellectuals, and Children’s Literature

    Pages 1-35

    Chen, Shih-Wen Sue

  • The Filial Child and the Evangelical Child in Translated Bestsellers and Forgotten Tracts

    Pages 37-72

    Chen, Shih-Wen Sue

  • “Instructive and Amusing”: Xiaohai yuebao (The Child’s Paper, 1875–1915) and Childhood

    Pages 73-108

    Chen, Shih-Wen Sue

  • Learning and Play in Mengxue bao (The Children’s Educator) and Qimeng huabao (Enlightenment Pictorial)

    Pages 109-143

    Chen, Shih-Wen Sue

  • Educating the Child: Textbooks, Primers, and Readers

    Pages 145-180

    Chen, Shih-Wen Sue

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Children’s Literature and Transnational Knowledge in Modern China
Book Subtitle
Education, Religion, and Childhood
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-6083-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-6083-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-6082-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 251
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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