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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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Travellers to War

Travellers to War

(p.159) 7 Travellers to War
Eastern Figures

Douglas Kerr

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses a juxtaposition of the literary record of two journeys to observe war in Asia. The first journey was made by Auden and Christopher Isherwood, who travelled to report on the Sino-Japanese war in 1938. The second journey was that of James Fenton in Indochina during the early 1970s. The travellers to war considered in this chapter had also been in search of a kind of language, a way of speaking in friendship with others, which would have to be also a way of listening.

Keywords:   juxtaposition, war, Asia, Auden Isherwood, Christopher Isherwood, Sino-Japanese war, James Fenton, Indochina, language

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