Kritik – Empirie – Theorie / Festschrift für Mechthild Leutner
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Marianne Bastid-Bruguière - Gabriel Devéria (1844–1899), Interpreter and Scholar of Chinese Frontiers
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Gabriel Devéria (1844–1899), Interpreter and Scholar of Chinese Frontiers
Abstract: Each major European power represented in Peking in the last third of the 19th century had some young interpreters who played the role of cultural broker beyond their sheer duties as official translator. Gabriel Devéria was the French earliest example in this troop of youngsters.
In her many-sided investigation of China’s modern culture and interaction with the world, Professor Mechthild Leutner has paid lately special attention to the first generation of young German interpreters who came as pioneers to China, behind more imposing figures from the diplomatic or political establishment that were appointed as minister, head of the Legation in Peking, and are recorded as main actors in official documents and government archives.1
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