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In the summer of 1703, George Psalmanazar traveled to London posing as an East Asian native from Formosa - now modern Taiwan. In the following year, Psalmanazar published a book about his "native" country, A Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa, a highly entertaining account of exotic Asiatic customs, replete with illustrations of Formosan costumes, temples, houses, castles, funeral processions, ships, and coins, as well as examples of the Formosan language and its alphabet. The book quickly went through two editions and appeared in French, Dutch, and German. Psalmanazar's fake Formosan language even became confused as an authentic language sample in the developing field of comparative linguistics. Although he was a blond European, posing as a member of another "race" was never a problem for Psalmanazar or his audience, since the concept of race, Michael Keevak claims, did not yet exist. In The Pretended Asian, Keevak looks at how Psalmanazar - far from having a difficult time pretending to be East Asian - readily played upon Asian stereotypes and the preconceptions of a public all too eager to learn about the Far East, enabling him to build an identity that could even withstand thorough scrutiny. In addition to telling Psalmanazar's entertaining story, Keevak discusses what was known about the actual Formosa in the early eighteenth century and why this knowledge was powerless to disprove Psalmanazar's claims. The Pretended Asian also traces Psalmanazar's later career as a Grub Street hack writer and how his lifelong refusal to reveal his real identity - even after Europeans stopped believing he was a native of Formosa - may have rendered Psalmanazar a permanent outsider.Biografía del autor:
Michael Keevak is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University and author of Sexual Shakespeare: Forgery, Authorship, Portraiture (Wayne State University Press, 2001).
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