CHINA MANIA IN 18TH CENTURY ENGLAND
A presentation and booksigning with the author, Chi-ming Yang, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 • 5:45 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
(Enter from Parker near Golden Gate, in San Francisco)
(Watch a VIDEO of this talk)
Chi-ming Yang is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She
specializes in East-West cultural exchange and eighteenth -century British literature. Her new
book, Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in Eighteenth-Century England,
1660–1760, considers the tremendous impact of Chinese export products — tea, porcelain,
even Confucianism — upon English moral values. The China-mania that swept England
in this period was especially influential in theatrical productions and new forms of fiction
such as the Oriental tale. The idea of China as an economic and moral spectacle was thus
“performed” on stage and across a range of cultural venues.
Moderator: Margaret Kuo, Ph.D., EDS-Stewart Postdoctoral Fellow at the USF Center for
the Pacific Rim.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401 or by email.
Cosponsorsed by the EDS-Stewart Chair at the Ricci Institute and the USF Center for the Pacific Rim.