A little obscure perhaps but Chen Shih-Wen’s Representation of China in British Children’s Fiction intrigued me….
Shih-Wen Chen is a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University. Her research interests include children’s literature, print culture, and histories of reading.
‘Shih-Wen Chen’s extraordinary research challenges the assertions made by previous scholars to construct an important and convincing new analysis of Chinese characters in British children’s fiction.’Sally Mitchell, Temple University, USA’Combining detailed historical context with close rhetorical analysis, Shih-Wen Chen brings out the subtle distinction and occluded histories that reveal the diverse and subtle ways images of China in the nineteenth century vary from the conventional reading of stereotype. Extensively researched, well argued, topical and expansive in its scope, her book provides a detailed and compelling case for the variegated lens British children’s fiction offers for viewing the complexities and nuances of Sino-British relations’.Helen Groth, University of New South Wales, Australia