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Empires of the Mind I. A. Richards and Basic English in China, 1929-1979 by Rodney Koeneke
  

Empires of the Mind I. A. Richards and Basic English in China, 1929-1979

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Empires of the Mind I. A. Richards and Basic English in China, 1929-1979 by Rodney Koeneke

Empires of the Mind tells the story of I. A. Richards, Britain's foremost literary critic in the 1920s, and his effort to promote an 850-word version of global English in China. Examining the cultural milieu of Cambridge between the World Wars, where Richards's internationalist vision first arose, this book traces the heretofore-unexplored connections between Richards's literary theories and his political ideals. Richards's time in China covers a volatile period in Chinese history: the Japanese occupation, the Communist revolution, and the beginnings of the Cold War all feature prominently in the history of Basic English over a fifty-year period. Koeneke considers Richards's project in the light of current theories about imperialism: Did Basic English anticipate today's multicultural aspirations for global exchange? Or did it advance new empires of the mind whose spoils are language and information? Ultimately, the history of Richards's time in China offers a crucial window onto the postcolonial complexities of our own.

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Koeneke has produced a very detailed and informative account of Basic English in China....the story of Richards and Basic English in China is fascinating and it is worth reading the book just for that. -- Asian Studies Review


About the Author

Rodney Koeneke has a Ph.D. in History and the Humanities from Stanford University.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th November 2003

Author

Rodney Koeneke

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Publisher

Stanford University Press

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

linguistics
Biography: general

ISBN

9780804748223

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