Chunjie Zhang, Transculturality and the German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Illinois, 2017: Book review

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Abstract

This mature and well-researched book moves from the Pacific to Germany and traces encounters, meetings, and engagement of Germans and Pacific Islanders by analyzing the resulting entangled texts: travel writing, stage plays, and philosophical works. It asks how transculturality shaped discourses, culture, and thought in an evolving Germany. Chunjie Zhang thoroughly contextualizes and theorizes her approach. She analyzes not the making of German imperialism and its impact on a colonized world, but rather the impact of the Pacific on German culture, German nation building, and German ideas about itself and a wider world. She is, as the introduction states, "reading from the other side" (3).
Original languageEnglish
Typebook review
Media of outputonline journal
PublisherJohn Hopkins University Press
Number of pages3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameGerman Studies Review
PublisherJohn Hopkins University Press
No.1
Volume42
ISSN (Print)0149-7952
ISSN (Electronic)2164-8646

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