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Comparative Early Modernities: 1100-1800


Edited by David Porter
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Recent historical scholarship has shown the way towards a geographically capacious conception of the early modern world. Featuring essays by nine leading scholars of early modern Asia and Europe, Comparative Early Modernities casts aside the legacies of European exceptionalism to reveal the interconnected multiplicity of the early modern world and of the variety of unexpected pathways linking these histories to the evolving modernities of the 21st century. In their fresh and provocative examinations of topics in literature, philosophy, art history, and political economy, the authors transform our understanding of global early modernity and reassess the theoretical and methodological premises of comparative historical studies.

All recent publications by David Porter

  • Comparative Early Modernities: 1100-1800
  • The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England

All publications by David Porter

The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Ideographia: The Chinese Cipher in Early Modern Europe (Stanford University press, 2001)
Internet Culture (editor, Routledge, 1997)
Between Men and Feminism (editor, Routledge, 1992)
Selected Articles
“Sinicizing Early Modernity: The Imperatives of Historical Cosmopolitanism” (Eighteenth-Century Studies 2010)
“Democracy or Bust:  Why our Knowledge about What the Chinese Lack is Really No Knowledge at All” (in China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, 2009)
"China is Not a Foreign Country: The Promises and Perils of Cross-Cultural Comparison" (Michigan Quarterly Review 2008)
"Taihu Tatlers: Aesthetic Translation in the China Trade" (Batchelor and Kaplan, eds., Women and Material Culture: 1660-1830, Palgrave, 2007)
"'Beyond the Bounds of Truth: Cultural Translation and William Chambers' Chinese Garden" (Mosaic 2004)
"A Wanton Chase in a Foreign Place: Hogarth and the Gendering of Chinese Exoticism" (Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 2004)
"Monstrous Beauty: Eighteenth-Century Fashion and the Aesthetics of the Chinese Taste" (Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2002)
"A Peculiar but Uninteresting Nation: China and the Discourse of Commerce in Eighteenth-Century England" (Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2000)
"Rethinking the Aesthetic in the Century of Taste (Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2000)
Chinoiserie and the Aesthetics of Illegitimacy" (Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1999)
"From Chinese to Goth: Walpole and the Gothic Repudiation of Chinoiserie" (Eighteenth-Century Life, 1999)
"The Poetics of Misogyny in Jean de Meun's Discourse of Nature" (Mediaevalia, 1998)
"Writing China: Legitimacy and Representation 1606-1773" (Comparative Literature Studies, 1996)
"His Master's Voice: The Politics of Narragenitive Desire in The Tempest" (Comitatus,1993)

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