The Dark Gift: Opium, John Francis Davis, Thomas De Quincey and the Amherst Embassy to China 1816

Kitson, Peter (2016) The Dark Gift: Opium, John Francis Davis, Thomas De Quincey and the Amherst Embassy to China 1816. In: Writing China Essays on the Amherst Embassy (1816) and Sino-British Cultural Relations. Essays and Studies . Boydell & Brewer.

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Abstract

This essays discusses the Amherst Embassy to China of 1816. It argues that the issue of the Opium Trade was an absent presence in the Embassy's narratives. The embassy's concern with the ceremony of the kotou and the ritual exchange of presents mask the growing British involvement in the Opium Trade is a discourse of civic rationality. The gift exchange and important commentaries upon it by John Francis Davis and Thomas De Quincey are discussed in the context. De Quincey's China writing is thus situated in the new genre of Forst Opium War Literature.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: amherst embassy,de quincey ,opium ,china,romanticism
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Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:15
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URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57680
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