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In this talk, Paul Bevan will introduce his new book 'Intoxicating Shanghai' – An Urban Montage: Art and Literature in Pictorial Magazines during Shanghai's Jazz Age. Loosely based around one year, 1934 – "The Year of the Magazine" – the book explores a montage of ideas, images and sounds that were current in the transcultural melting pot that was Shanghai during the Chinese Jazz Age. An introduction and discussion will be moderated by Andrew Field, author of Shanghai's Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919–1954.

Paul Bevan (@Sinobevan) has taught modern Chinese literature, history and visual culture at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. His primary research interests concern the impact of Western art and literature on China during the Republican Period (1912–1949), particularly with regard to periodicals and magazines. His research on artists George Grosz, Frans Masereel, and Miguel Covarrubias, all of whom worked for Vanity Fair, has resulted in extensive research on both Chinese and Western pictorial magazines. Paul's first book A Modern Miscellany – Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei's Circle and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926–1938, (Leiden: Brill, 2015), was hailed as "a major contribution to modern Chinese studies."

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