Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Listening to ChinaSound and the Sino-Western Encounter, 1770-1839$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Thomas Irvine

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226667126

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226667263.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 23 October 2021

Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter

Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter

Chapter:
(p.182) Epilogue Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter
Source:
Listening to China
Author(s):

Thomas Irvine

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226667263.003.0008

The author argues that the sonic history of the Sino-Western encounter in the decades around 1800 can be read as a hardening of Western imperial desire to dominate China, in part because the economic conditions became more favorable to such desire. The (literal) blocking out of China’s music signals a new kind of thinking about “music,” under the sign of increased hegemonic ambition. To Western ears, it seems, Chinese music was no longer just another instance of a universal human activity. From now on “music” was something that they, as elite Westerners, owned exclusively and that empowered them to feel superior. The Chinese—and Western subalterns too—were left to make do with “folklore.” Just as China became an object of new European economic and political empires, this “racialized music” became a sovereign subject of a new imperial music history.

Keywords:   sonic history, Sino-Western encounter, imperialism, hegemonic ambition, universal human activity, Western ears, Chinese music, imperial music, racialized music

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.