Shangri-La and history in 1930s England.
Normand, Lawrence (2010) Shangri-La and history in 1930s England. Publicationes Universitatis Miskolcinensis, 15 (2). pp. 13-24. ISSN 1588-9025
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This paper addresses the questions of whether, why, and how, popular literary culture was a transmitter of ideas about the East (and particularly Buddhism) after the demise of Theosophy in the 1930s, taking James Hilton's Lost Horizon (1933) as a test case. It shows how the novel can be understood historically as a response to the sense of crisis of Western modernity, and as a refashioning of familiar Orientalist material in order to address this crisis. It analyses some of the complex ways in which East-West cultural interactions began to work in the twentieth century, and what kind of ideological interests were involved in the process.
Previously published in Buddhist Studies Review. (ISSN: 0265-2897); Vol 24 no 1.; 2007.
|Research Areas:||A. Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature|
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