China in a Time of Turbulence: through the Lens of Popular Culture

Chinese society underwent a series of turbulent events in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. There were continuous internal rebellions and external conflicts, and the country witnessed the collapse of its last imperial dynasty and established a new republic which brought profound social changes. Little has been studied about how this part of history was reflected in popular culture.

19世纪末20世纪初,中国社会经历了一系列动荡。 内乱,对外冲突,最后一个帝国王朝的瓦解,新的共和国的诞生等一系列事件引发了深刻的社会变革。 然而,很少有对于这部分历史如何影响流行文化的学术研究。

At this event, we invite two speakers to introduce their books, on observing China at the time from two unique perspectives.


Amy Matthewson received her doctorate in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research explores race relations through visual and material culture, specifically China’s relationship with the global community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She has a special interest in British and Chinese contact as well as the processes of ideology and epistemology.

Amy Matthewson 在伦敦大学东方和非洲研究学院 (SOAS) 获得历史博士学位。 她的研究通过视觉和物质文化探索种族关系,特别是 19 世纪末和 20 世纪初中国与国际社会的关系。 她对英国和中国的接触以及意识形态和认识论的过程很感兴趣。

Amy Matthewson
Cartooning China: Punch, Power, & Politics in the Victorian Era

Paul Bevan is Departmental Lecturer in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture at the University of Oxford. His current research addresses a variety of themes concerning popular fiction and the visual arts as they appeared in periodicals and magazines published in Shanghai during the first decades of the 20th century.

Paul Bevan 是牛津大学现代中国文学与文化系的讲师。 他的研究涉及20世纪初期上海出版的期刊和杂志上出现的流行小说和视觉艺术。

Paul Bevan
The Adventures of Ma Suzhen: 'An Heroic Woman Takes Revenge in Shanghai' 

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