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Eastern FiguresOrient and Empire in British Writing$
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Douglas Kerr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099340

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099340.001.0001

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Contacts and Transgressions

Contacts and Transgressions

(p.117) 6 Contacts and Transgressions
Eastern Figures

Douglas Kerr

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses and considers some cases of the transformations that resulted from the contact between Eastern places and Western people. It looks at the theme of transgression in the Orient, in the figure of stepping across from one world to another. These seem to be cases of voluntary or involuntary surrender, to possession by the spirit of a foreign place. The chapter also shows that the tropes of contact seem often to involve a modal contention between realism and romance, and their respective regimes of representation.

Keywords:   transformations, contact, Eastern places, Western people, transgression, surrender, realism, romance, representation

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