Emotion in Transit: Text and Image in China from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century


American Research in the Humanities in China


Asian Languages and Literatures


This book manuscript examines the complex interactions between visual media techniques (photography and innovative painting) and classical-style poetry during China’s turbulent period between the 1890s and the 1930s. Integrating visual and literary studies with the recent surge of academic studies on emotion, this project delineates the trajectory of the exchange and circulation of photos and paintings with accompanying poems. It also critically analyzes the evocation and transmission of emotions involved in networking and communal life as enacted by the propagation of images and texts, a phenomenon which contributed to configuring a new public amidst an emerging global consumer culture and media economy.