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"To write for children, and to write well": Protestant mission presses and the development of children’s literature in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century China

Chen, Shih-Wen 2016, "To write for children, and to write well": Protestant mission presses and the development of children’s literature in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century China, Barnboken – journal of children's literature research, vol. 39, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.14811/clr.v39i0.252.

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Title "To write for children, and to write well": Protestant mission presses and the development of children’s literature in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century China
Author(s) Chen, Shih-WenORCID iD for Chen, Shih-Wen orcid.org/0000-0002-4110-7985
Journal name Barnboken – journal of children's literature research
Volume number 39
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Swedish Institute for Children's Books
Place of publication Stockholm, Sweden
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2000-4389
Keyword(s) Chinese children's literature
children's literature
translation
publishing history
mission presses
Summary This article uses a new historicist approach to examine the complexrelationships between translators, writers, and missionary publishersin China, and their financial supporters in the United States and Britainto demonstrate how they influenced the development of Chinese children’sliterature. It focuses on the case of the American Presbyterian MissionPress, Chinese Religious Tract Society, and Christian Literature Societyfor China, publishers of many texts for children. The article argues thatthe Western mission presses shaped Chinese children’s literature in thelate nineteenth and early twentieth century by introducing new narrativesthrough translation, highlighting the importance of including visual imagesin children’s texts by importing electrotypes and lithographic printsfrom the United States and Britain, and training Chinese students in newengraving and printing techniques which enabled them to establish theirown publishing houses.
Language eng
DOI 10.14811/clr.v39i0.252
Field of Research 200517 Literature In Chinese
200503 British and Irish Literature
2005 Literary Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088210

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