Mapping Meanings: The Field of New Learning in Late Qing China

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Mapping Meanings is essentially a broad-ranged introduction to China’s intellectual entry into the family of nations. Written by a fine selection of experts, it guides the reader into the terrain of China's (late Qing) encounter with Western knowledge and modern sciences, and at the same time connects convincingly to the broader question of the mobility of knowledge.
The late Qing literati's pursue of New Learning was a transnational practice inseparable from the local context. Mapping Meanings therefore attempts to highlight what the encountered global knowledge could have meant to specific social actors in the specific historical situation. Subjects included are the transformation of the examination system, the establishment of academic disciplines, and new social actors and questions of new terminologies.
Both an introduction and a reference work on the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004139190
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Sinica Leidensia Series , #64
  • Pages: 742
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Natascha Vittinghoff, Ph.D. (1998) in Sinology, Heidelberg University, is Junior Professor of Sinology at Frankfurt University. She has published extensively on modern Chinese drama, literature and media and Late Qing social history including Die Anfänge des Journalismus in China, 1860-1911, (2002).
Michael Lackner, Ph.D. (1985), University of Munich, is Chair of Chinese Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
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Table of Contents

The politics of global knowledge
From pre-modern Chinese natural studies to modern science in China 25
Social actors in the field of new learning in nineteenth century China 75
The formation and development of the term 'political economy' in Japanese and Chinese 119
Notes on the history of the Chinese term for 'labor' 129
A brief study on the translation of western military ranks in late Qing 143
Discoursive interfaces : language and media
'To translate' is 'to exchange' linguistic diversity and the terms for translation in ancient China 173
The migration of grammars through languages : the Chinese case 211
Beyond Xin Da Ya : translation problems in the late Qing 239
Mandarin, vernacular and national language - China's emerging concept of a national language in the early twentieth century 265
The diffusion of useful knowledge in China : the Canton era information strategy 305
Translating genre : how the 'leading article' became the Shelun 329
Towards a comparative study of diachronic and synchronic lexical variation in Chinese 355
The organization of knowledge
Naming physics : the strife to delineate a field of modern science in late imperial China 381
The reception of 'archaeology' and 'prehistory' and the founding of archaeology in late imperial China 423
Formation and dissemination of Japanese geographical terminologies 451
Matching names and actualities : translation and the discovery of Chinese logic 471
The formation of a Chinese lexicon of international law 1847-1903 507
Glass submarines and electric balloons : creating scientific and technical vocabulary in Chinese science fiction 537
The evolution of modern Chinese musical theory and terminology under Western impact 555
Knowledge between heart and mind
To translate is to ferry across : Wu Li's (1632-1718) collection from Sao Paolo 579
The rendering of God in Chinese by the Chinese : Chinese responses to the term question in the Wanguo gongbao 589
Nineteenth century ruist metaphysical terminology and the Sino-Scottish connection in James Legge's Chinese classics 615
On 'translating' western psychiatry into the Chinese context in Republican China 639
Hygienic bodies and public mothers : the rhetoric of reproduction, fetal education, and childhood in Republican China 659
Propagating new 'virtues' 'patriotism' in the late Qing textbook for the moral education of primary students 685
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