Bernard Shaw’s Bridges to Chinese Culture

Bernard Shaw’s Bridges to Chinese Culture

Author: Li, Kay

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  • Offers a unique reading of Shaw and how his work impacted and was impacted by Chinese culture
  • Engages Shaw with influences, contemporaries, and descendants ranging from Charles Dickens to John Woo
  • Critically analyzes Shaw’s legacy in the digital space

This book explores the cultural bridges connecting George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, such as Charles Dickens and Arthur Miller, to China. Analyzing readings, adaptations, and connections of Shaw in China through the lens of Chinese culture, Li details the negotiations between the focused and culturally specific standpoints of eastern and western culture while also investigating the simultaneously diffused, multi-focal, and comprehensive perspectives that create strategic moments that favor cross-cultural readings.

With sources ranging from Shaw’s connections with his contemporaries in China to contemporary Chinese films and interpretations of Shaw in the digital space, Li relates the global impact of not only what Chinese lenses can reveal about Shaw’s world, but how intercultural and interdisciplinary readings can shed new light on familiar and obscure works alike.

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