This is a two year-long research project, which is primarily based on the author’s research on overseas travel and material culture in the late Qing dynasty. With the travel logs of overseas travelers in the years following 1840 during the late Qing dynasty and ZhuZhi poem as its basic research text, it combines cross-cultural research theory and methodology with imagological comparison, exploring how travelers expressed themselves when engaged in discourse, and how foreign imagery in different styles formed and evolved, as well as the multiple meanings they were subsumed behind. ZhuZhi poem is straightforward and lively, with an unusual form, which is unscrupulously terse and rigid. Its structure can be complemented with a detailed travelogue that is rich and accurate, which is helpful in comprehend the verse. The two complement and offset each other, and can more completely present the image of the travel. In the discovery of new materials, Zhong shuhe’s work, To The World Series that will be published in first half of 2017, provides us with foreign travelogues and more precious ZhuZhi poem texts from the late Qing dynasty. After integrating the current properties and quantity of foreign travelogues ZhuZhi poem poems Qing dynasty, this project will analyze the largest number (of such texts) from Europe, America, Japan, Southeast Asia, dividing them into three parts by a chapter for analysis on regional segments from different countries, and compare travelogues with the foreign imagery in the ZhuZhi poem, exploring how the foreign imagery in the traveller's gaze and reconstruction gave rise to difference.
|Effective start/end date
|2017/08/01 → 2019/07/31
- Late Qing
- ZhuZhi poem
- overseas travelogue
- imagologie of comparative literature
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