Love, Hatred, and Other Passions: Questions and Themes on Emotions in Chinese Civilization

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This volume aims at starting a debate on functions, role and relevance of states of mind in Chinese History and civilization. It focuses on an anthropological aspect of human experience, the affective world, as it is represented and evaluated in the various sources. A numher of well-known specialists, ranging from the philosophical basic concepts to some fundamental questions about terminology, analyze literary, historical and judicial materials: this collection of essays presents different opinions, experiences and perspectives on the understanding of emotional and mental states in Chinese civilization, as well as about the difficulties met on the topic. A fascinating and useful reading for all those who are interested in humanities and in the history of mentality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004155442
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/27/2006
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Paolo Santangelo is Professor of History of China at the Università “L’Orientale” of Naples. He has published extensively on the social and anthropological history of pre-modern and modern China, including Sentimental Education in Chinese History. An Interdisciplinary Textual Research on Ming and Qing Sources (Brill, 2003) and is editor of the journal Ming Qing Yanjiu.
Donatella Guida, Ph.D. (1997) in History of China, Università “L’Orientale” of Naples, is Lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies of the same University and Deputy Editor of the journal Ming Qing yanjiu. She has published several essays on Southeast Asia as seen in Chinese late imperial sources, and is currently working on the textual analysis of emotional terms in the novel Rulin Waishi.
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Table of Contents

Introduction   Paolo Santangelo     1
Some Preliminary Questions
Emotion, Language and Literary Texts   Roberto Caterina     37
Why Are There Two 'Joy-like' 'Basic' Emotions in Chinese?: Semantic Theory and Empirical Findings   Zhengdao Ye     59
What Does it Mean to Feel 'Melancholic' in Imperial China?   Wolfgang Kubin     81
Making Sense of Signs: Emotions in Chinese Medical Texts   Angelika C. Messner     91
Philosophical Reflections
Xin as the Seat of Emotions in Confucian Self-cultivation   Andrew H. Plaks     113
Basic Emotion Terms in Warring States Texts: Sequences and Patterns   Ulrike Middendorf     126
The Meaning of qing in Texts from Guodian Tomb no. 1   Attilio Andreini     149
Emotion, Knowledge and the Reconfigured Self in the Tang-Song Transition   Curie Virag     166
The Production of Special Mental States within the Framework of Sexual Body Techniques- as Seen in the Mawangdui Medical Corpus   Rudolf Pfister     180
Emotional Vocabulary and Literature
Folly (Chi) in the Liaozhi Zhiyi   Frances Weightman     197
The Remarkable Woman in Pu Songling's Liaozhai zhiyi. A Theorization of qing   Keith McMahon     212
Elapse of Time and Seasons in DongjieyuanXixiangji   Kin Bunkyo (Kim Moon Kyong)     229
Emotion (qing) and Its Expression in Traditional Chinese Narrative and Chinese Lyrics   Jianyu Zhou     241
Liangyou huabao: How to Appeal Readership. Strategies of Friendliness in a Shanghai Journal of the Thirties   Stefania Stafutti     253
Some Representations of Love and Other Positive Postures
Passion and Personhood in Yingying zhuan, Xixiang ji and Jiao hong ji   Katherine Carlitz     273
Sons and Mothers: The Social Construction of Filial Piety in Late-Imperial China   Maram Epstein     285
Ai versus xiao: the Expression of Love in the Novel Jinghua yuan. A Preliminary Approach   Donatella Guida     301
Miss Emotion: Women, Books and Culture in Seventeenth   Century Jiangnan   Daria Berg     314
Some Remarks on Deviant Love and Violence in Three Modern Chinese Decadent Plays   Marian Galik     331
Anger and Hatred, and Aggressive-Repulsive Attitudes
Between Ideology and Rationality: Rage under the Han   Licia Di Giacinto     345
The Avenger's Coldness: On the Emotional Condition of Revenge as Represented in Pre-modern Chinese Fictional Narrative   Roland Altenburger     356
Is Anger a Component of Despotism? Discussion on Zhu Yuanzhang's Wrath   Ma Li      370
The Language of Anger and Shame in Juridical Sources: Further Considerations on Women Suicides in 18th Century China   Paola Paderni     382
Some Conclusive Remarks on the Examination of Different Sources: The Analysis of Non-literary Documents (Moralistic and Judicial Materials)   Paolo Santangelo     394
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