British-Chinese Cultural Encounters and Negotiations: Issues of Culture and Identity in William Empson’s “China Works”

  • Jian ZhangEmail author
Part of the Encounters between East and West book series (EEWIP)


Regarding Empson as an instance of cultural encounter, this essay analyzes his experience as a foreigner living in the East. Through a close reading of his “China works”, namely the poems, short story and critical essays he wrote in this period, it aims to analyze culture and identity issues related to his experience, and the way his China experience influenced his academic and critical views, hoping to show some of the ways cultures may achieve mutual understanding or accommodation through negotiations and adjustments.


William Empson Orient Identity Culture Negotiation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityBeijingChina

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