'Some Genuine Chinese Authors': literary appreciation, comparatism, and universalism in the Straits Chinese Magazine

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dc.contributor.authorFermanis, Porscha-
dc.contributor.editorComyn, Sarah-
dc.contributor.editorFermanis, Porscha-
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-27T15:48:01Z-
dc.date.available2021-10-27T15:48:01Z-
dc.date.copyright2021 Manchester University Pressen_US
dc.date.issued2021-07-06-
dc.identifier.isbn9781526152886-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/12582-
dc.description.abstractThis chapter considers the ways in which Straits Chinese elites in Singapore strategically used discourses of comparatism and universalism both to marginalise ‘native’ Malays and ‘sojourning’ Chinese diasporas, and to point to colonialism’s inherent contradictions. Examining the political stakes of comparatism and its relationship to anticolonial, postcolonial, and ethnic nationalism in the context of Nanyang South Sea and Indian Ocean spaces, it reads the Straits Chinese Magazine (est. 1897) as an anticolonial project. Despite its apparent investment in the logic and rhetoric of imperial liberalism, Straits Chinese contributors to the magazine ultimately turn European comparatism on its head, encouraging a reversal of the comparative gaze and an exposition of the defective use of Enlightenment methodologies by European comparatists. If Straits Chinese authors often fall back on arguments for the universality of human experience, the Straits Chinese Magazine demonstrates the extent to which competing Sinocentric and Islamocentric civilisational accounts could disrupt European modes of seeing, destabilising what is considered natural and self-reflexively exposing the Eurocentric grounds on which comparisons are made.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean Commission Horizon 2020en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean Research Councilen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherManchester University Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofComyn, S., Fermanis, P. (eds.). Worlding the South Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture in the Southern British Coloniesen_US
dc.subjectChinese literary historyen_US
dc.subjectMalay literary historyen_US
dc.subjectPolitics of languageen_US
dc.subjectPolitics of comparisonen_US
dc.subjectMonthly magazinesen_US
dc.subjectEthnic nationalismen_US
dc.title'Some Genuine Chinese Authors': literary appreciation, comparatism, and universalism in the Straits Chinese Magazineen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherporscha.fermanis@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.doi10.7765/9781526152893.00028-
dc.neeo.contributorFermanis|Porscha|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorComyn|Sarah|edt|-
dc.neeo.contributorFermanis|Porscha|edt|-
dc.date.updated2021-10-22T09:24:39Z-
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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