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The New Asian CityThree-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form$
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Jini Kim Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675722

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675722.001.0001

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Orphans of Asia

Orphans of Asia

Modernity and Colonial Literature

(p.53) 2 Orphans of Asia
The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines literary representations of the Manichean spaces of the colonial capital, exploring how the logic behind the spaces is stimulated in both new realist narrative styles and the abstract description of early modernist texts. It analyzes the discrepancy between metropolitan and colonial spaces staged in colonial writing, such as Wu Zhuoliu’s Orphan of Asia, Yŏm Sang-sŏp’s Mansejŏn, and Yi Sang’s The Wings. The chapter also outlines the problem of colonial dwelling, and discusses Edward Said’s term of the word “discrepant”, as the contrapuntal perspective way of making connections and relationships that are unavailable to the univalent view.

Keywords:   Manichean spaces, colonial capital, colonial writing, Wu Zhuoliu, Orphan of Asia, Yŏm Sang-sŏp, Mansejŏn Yi Sang, The Wings, Edward Said

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