Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches

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This is the first book in either English or Chinese to address complex Chinese cultural traditions about humour and laughter. It brings a Chinese perspective to international studies of humour as a universal form of human behaviour through its scholarly and readable contributions ranging from language, literature and philosophy to medicine, history and politics.

Hong Kong University Press

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Overview

This is the first book in either English or Chinese to address complex Chinese cultural traditions about humour and laughter. It brings a Chinese perspective to international studies of humour as a universal form of human behaviour through its scholarly and readable contributions ranging from language, literature and philosophy to medicine, history and politics.

Hong Kong University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent insight into classical and traditional approaches. Chinese humour is unique and important, and there has long been a need for an erudite and comprehensive account of its nature, philosophy and history." -- Christie Davies, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Reading, UK

Hong Kong University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789888083527
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn Chey is a visiting professor in the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, and a consultant on Australia-China relations. She left an academic career to serve for over twenty years in the Departments of Overseas Trade and Foreign Affairs, and was also director of the China Branch of the International Wool Secretariat. She served as Consul-General in Hong Kong from 1992-95. She was presented with the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to the development of Australia-China relations.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Contributors xi

Preface Jocelyn Chey Jessica Milner Davis xvii

1 Yonmo and the Chinese Sense of Humour Jocelyn Chey 1

2 The Theory of Humours and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Preamble to Chapter 3 Jessica Milner Davis 31

3 The Qi That Got Lost in Translation: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Humour and Healing Rey Tiquia 37

4 The Classical Confucian Concepts of Human Emotion and Proper Humour Weihe Xu 49

5 Identifying Daoist Humour: Reading the Liezi Shirley Chan 73

6 Shared Humour: Elitist Joking in Shishuo xinyu (A New Account of Tales of the World) Lily Xiao Hong Lee 89

7 Chinese Humour as Reflected in Love-Theme Comedies of the Yuan Dynasty Andy Shui-lung Fung Zhan Hang-Lun 117

8 How Humour Humanizes a Confucian Paragon: The Case of Xue Baochai in Honglou meng Weihe Xu 139

9 Contextualizing Lin Yutang's essay "On Humour": Introduction and Translation Joseph C. Sample 269

10 Discovering Humour in Modern China: The Launching of the Analects Forbiightly Journal and the "Year of Humour" (1933) Qian Suoqiao 191

Notes 219

Bibliography 255

Index 277

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