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Title: Transferring Sinosphere knowledge to the public : James Summers (1828-91) as printer, editor and cataloguer
Authors: Kwan, Uganda Sze Pui
Keywords: Humanities::Language::Chinese
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Kwan, U. S. P. (2018). Transferring Sinosphere knowledge to the public : James Summers (1828-91) as printer, editor and cataloguer. East Asian Publishing and Society, 8(1), 56-84.
Project: 2014-T1-001-234
Journal: East Asian Publishing and Society
Abstract: James Summers occupied the professorship of Chinese for two decades at King’s College London. He was also a trailblazer in promoting the study of Japanese culture in Victorian Britain, but he has been an underrated and understudied figure in British history. Summers was an ardent supporter of modern printing. He believed printed media was the most effective medium to transform British perceptions of Asia, which in turn would help support Britain’s foreign political, commercial and missionary enterprise. He also orchestrated the printing of catalogues and journals in his capacity as library assistant to the British Museum and the India Office Library. He even set up his own press to print a newspaper in order to disseminate knowledge of East Asia to a broader readership. Based on primary materials that have rarely been used before, this paper positions Summers in the study of book history, material culture and print mediums in order to reassess his pioneering efforts in Sinological studies.
ISSN: 2210-6286
DOI: 10.1163/22106286-12341317
Rights: © 2018 Brill Academic Publishers. All rights reserved. This paper was published in East Asian Publishing and Society and is made available with permission of Brill Academic Publishers.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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