Sentimental Education in Chinese History: An Interdisciplinary Textual Research on Ming and Qing Sources

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This is the long-awaited first book-form result of the author’s pioneering interdisciplinary research on a key problem for understanding Chinese texts, and, therewith, China: its ways of expression of emotions and states of mind.
Relying on his immense database on (mostly) Ming and Qing sources, the author here presents the first truly solid, source-based survey on the subject.
After analysing the methodological problems involved, the volume focuses on contradictions between official values on the one hand, and practical compromises between individual appetitive energies and personal tendencies for wealth and gratification of desires on the other hand. It analyses the negotiating process between the rigid ethical codes and dynamic social changes, as well as how social control influences the cognitive elements of emotions, both in restraining personal passions and promoting the "virtuous sentiments".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004123601
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Series: Sinica Leidensia Series , #60
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Paolo Santangelo is Professor of Chinese History at "Orientale" University and of East-Asian History at Rome "La Sapienza" University. He has published extensively on the social and anthropological history of pre-modern and modern China and is editor of the Journal MING QING yanju.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
A Preliminary Survey 104
Symbolic Representations of Emotions: Metaphors and Stereotypes, Allegories of Passions and Some Related Concepts 106
Ideological Representation of Emotions: Philosophical Background 148
The Control of Passions 160
The "Cult of Emotions" 186
Some Attempts at Classification 206
General Chinese Terms for States of Mind and Emotions 226
The Working Method of the Project 247
1 Positive Expectations and Interactions. Love-Desire-Hope Complex: Terminology and Definitions 267
2 Aggressive-Opposing Emotions. Anger-Aversion-Disgust Complex and Jealousy: Terminology and Definitions 324
3 Negative Projections. Fear-Fright-Suspicion-Worry Complex and Surprise: Terminology and Definitions 359
4 Unsatisfactory Affects. Sadness-Regret-Shame Complex: Terminology and Definitions 384
5 Satisfactory Affects: Joy-Pride Complex: Terminology and Definitions 436
Preliminary Conclusions 455
Bibliography 468
Textual Analysis: a Glossary 534
Index 594
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