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Reconfiguring time, space, and subjectivity: Lü Bicheng’s travel writings on Mount Lu

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This chapter explores the travel writings Lü Bicheng produced during the period of her double life in Shanghai. As a talented literata and sharp business woman, she had elusive encounters with Westerners, foreign power, and global culture in the local semicolonial context of the treaty port Shanghai in the 1910s. In particular the poems and prose essay written in connection with her 1917 visit to Mount Lu, demonstrate both thematic changes in traditional genres as well as the hybrid quality of Lü?s cosmopolitanism. The chapter argues that the use of both Chinese and Western calendrical systems and time markers and the apparent discrepancy in recording world events and personal history are signs of an emergent but unstable cosmopolitan consciousness?a culturally hybrid sensibility and perception, captured by an evolving literary prose.

Keywords: Lü Bicheng; Mount Lu; Shanghai



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