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October 12, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - David Porter


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David Porter, U-M Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Johnson's Dictionary and the Kangxi Zidian: An Experiment in Comparative Lexicography

November 1, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The dictionary projects of Samuel Johnson in England and the Kangxi Emperor in China are both regarded, in their great ambition and the lexicographical innovations they introduced, as emblematic of the scholarly aspirations of their periods. This talk will explore some of the unexpected convergences between these two seemingly unrelated projects and consider their implications for situating China's eighteenth century in relation to world historical time.

David Porter is Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He is the author of Ideographia: The Chinese Cipher in Early Modern Europe and The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England.

Posted by zzhu at October 12, 2011 08:50 PM