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British Modernism and Chinoiserie

Anne Witchard


This volume examines the ways in which an intellectual vogue for a mythic China was a constituent element of British Modernism. Traditionally defined as a decorative style that conjured a fanciful and idealized notion of China, chinoiserie was revived in London's avant-garde circles, the Bloomsbury group, the Vorticists and others, who like their eighteenth-century forebears, turned to China as a cultural and aesthetic utopia. As part of Modernism's challenge to the 'universality' of so-called Western values and aesthetics, the turn to China would contribute much more than has been acknowledge ... More

Keywords: Chinoiserie, China, Modernism, Vorticism, Bloomsbury

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748690954
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Witchard, editor
University of Westminster